United Ghosts + Ballerina Black + Space Waves

Part Time Punks

Meet Los Angeles band United Ghosts. The band blends a seemingly dizzying collection of influences that range from Kraut-rock and electro to classic psychedelia and shoegaze into a cohesive sound that celebrates its influences, while keeping one eye firmly set towards the future.

Initially conceived as a loose garage-studio project by founding members and co-vocalists Sha Sabi and Axel Steuerwald, United Ghosts quickly developed into a fully-fledged band with the inclusion of drummer Sean Burgess and guitar player Jason O.

The band released its debut 7", “Holes Into the Night” in November 2011 and the track quickly made waves in the blogosphere and appeared on a number of "Best of 2011" lists, from Buzzbands LA and LA Record to NYC's Indie Darkroom.

Radio acclaim soon followed on both sides of the pond. UK indie maven Steve Lamacq gave “Holes..” several spins on his BBC 6 music show, as did XFM London’s “Guru of new music” John Kennedy.
Los Angeles DJ Nic Harcourt, formerly host of the legendary “Morning Becomes Eclectic”, made it his “Connection” (single of the week) on KCSN, granting three spins a day throughout the week. Encouraged by this response the band started work on a full-length album.

“We want to explore a different side of LA,” says Steuerwald, “the side we know. It's not all sunshine and gloss. There's a hazy, murky, electric-night-pulse to this place that is really interesting”.

The (self titled) album saw a March 2013 release to positive reviews from both the UK and US.. In March/April ‘13, the band also completed a successful mini-tour of England, bringing critical acclaim from the British print and online press. Artrocker described the live set as “effortlessly cool”, while Critical Wave’s Samantha Graham said of the band’s Brighton show “it was mesmerizing...blew me away...these guys will haunt you”. As a result of the UK success, the album, originally only on the band’s own Tambourine Girl label, was picked up by UK-based distributor Cargo Records.

Back on US shores, the band recently completed a buzzing month-long Los Angeles residency and is now gearing up to release its next single and accompanying video “Sparks From A Cold Star”. This fall United Ghosts will also take their visceral show on the road, dates including another month-long stint in Europe and the UK and a subsequent stop for showcases at New York’s CMJ music festival.

Ballerina Black

Ballerina Black's debut album, Cattle Arithmetic, a 'record that bleeds with energetic despair, pierced with shards of hope; in short, a hypnotic temper tantrum' is spreading rapidly after its mid 2011 release. The record has attracted a distribution deal with Universal's JDM records and the attention of several music publishers. Landing its singles on some of LA's most influential radio stations, as well as being premiered on Gossip Girl's seasons premier promo on MTV, among many others. Quickly they were booked at the best venues in Los Angeles, the highlight which was landing on stage at the Greek Theater opening for on of their longtime favorites, Interpol.

Space Waves

You Can Ride A Beam Of Light Like A Musical Strum is the second full-length album from Space Waves (5th overall), to be released in 2013. The core duo of Sarah and Kelley Bourland are joined by Mark Loftin (Foxtail Somersault, Morning Spy, Shawerma) on drums for this album. Drums, bass, and initial guitar tracks were all recorded live by Kelley over a weekend, with additional guitar, vocals, flute and tenor steel pan added later. In this spirit of capturing a live performance, two previously released songs, "Shadowtree" and "In the Shadows," were re-recorded for this album. The title of the album was received during a communication with Sarah's childhood cat through pet psychic Laura Stinchfield on her radio show.
Mixed by the legendery Larry Crane, Space Waves' third album finds the Portland shoegazers at their creative peak. Ethereal, reverb drenched soundscapes supply the backdrop for the album's heady expanse of 60's-inspired psychedlia ("Turns), gritty rockers ("Stealin' Time"), haunting explorations ("Eat the Shadows") and driving intensity ("In The Shadows").
Founders Kelley and Sarah Bourland have proven to be a formidable shoegaze team, and in addition to playing many recent shows up and down the West Coast, toured the Midwest last summer



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