The Echo & Part Time Punks Present
United Ghosts + Ballerina Black + Space Waves
Ballerina Black, Space Waves
1822 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, California, 90026
This event is 18 and over
Part Time Punks
LA-based United Ghosts return with their first new album since 2014, which sees them travel even further into the electronic pulses of synths and beats while retaining the dreamy, psychedelic signature they’ve established on past releases. Their twin vocals and widescreen guitars blend a seemingly dizzying collection of influences (dreampop, psychede- lia, electro, krautrock) into a cohesive, hypnotic sound that celebrates its influences while keeping one eye firmly set towards the future.
Calling them an LA band might be slightly misleading, though. Sha Sabi came to LA via New York and San Francisco, while German-born Axel Ray received most of his musical education during a 12-year stint in London before moving to the US. This might explain why BBC Radio 6 recently said of a cut from upcoming album Saturn Days, “it’s from Los Angeles... but it’s got a very Britain in the early 1980s sound to it.”
Their 2013 debut self-titled album and its follow up, Dear Electric Sun EP, both picked up extensive radio play by such indie-rock mavens as Steve Lamacq, Lauren Laverne (BBC6 UK), Nic Harcourt (KCSN), Mark Sovel (KLOS), Jamie Ken- nedy (XFM London) and many others.
After three successful UK/European tours, a slew of US dates (including CMJ and SXSW) and an LA residency, United Ghosts went back into the studio to work on new music, this time co-produced by Axel Ray and Mark Rains (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Death Valley Girls).
A preview of the new record caught the attention of Cleopatra Records executives Benny Cardenas and Matt Green who signed the band to Cleopatra in November 2017.
Lyrically and visually (in the accompanying videos; one out today, two forthcoming) the album explores themes of modern life, love and disconnect in a world that is both dystopian and beautiful, in which hope is laced with paranoia and where dreaming your way out might be the only chance.
After another successful SXSW in 2018 (with one show in support of Todd Rundgren) United Ghosts will be hitting the road again this summer following the August 24 release of Saturn Days, which got its name from the instrumental closer “Star Song,” which was literally written around the sound emissions from the planet Saturn.
One of the most fascinating aspects of Ballerina Black is how this California indie-rock band conjures such a dark melancholy, amid sunny skies and bright beaches. These Angelenos are frequently mistaken for an English act, which explains why they had such a successful reception on their U.K. tour last summer.
With a sound described as Mope-Rock or Grave-Wave, Bobby Moynahan manuvers the morose corners of the post-punk 80's with grand melodies. Supported by long-time friends and members, bassist Esli Sugich and expansive synths and guitars from Scott Eton, the guys have accumulated a wealth of material; dating from 2010.
The band has had the opportunity to open up for the likes of Interpol and Silversun Pickups in their hometown's Greek Theatre. Pitted as the next Cure, nobody captures such a reminiscent sound in a more unique and honest way.
The band anxiously prepares to deliver their brightest effort to date. Ballerina Black's "Whails" is set for release this June 2015.
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