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
Los Angeles band United Ghosts blends a seemingly dizzying collection of influences that range from Dream Pop and Electronica to classic Psychedelia and Krautrock into a cohesive, hypnotic 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 Ray Steuerwald, United Ghosts have released two (7')singles plus 2013's self-titled debut album to much public and critical acclaim, picking up extensive radio play by such Indie-rock mavens as Steve Lamacq, Lauren Laverne (BBC6) Nic Harcourt (KCSN) Jamie Kennedy (XFM London) and many others. The record fared especially well in the UK, where it was picked up by Cargo records for distribution and has made U.G. many devoted fans of both their recorded output and visceral live shows.
After two successful UK/European tours, a slew of US shows (including CMJ New York) and a buzzing LA residency in 2013, UG went back into the studio to work on new music. Mostly self-producing, the band had help at the mixing stages from Producer/Engineer Drew Fisher (Le Sera, Cold Showers, Darker My Love). The result was the 2014 EP entitled "Dear Electric Sun", which marked a shift in sound towards the more synth based and electronic, while keeping the signature dreamy twin vocals and widescreen guitars.
A series of radical “Dear Electric Sun” remixes followed, the latest by Chris Seligman from the band Stars. United Ghosts are currently in the studio recording tracks for a new album and a single slated for an early 2016 release.
‘The excitement hits with the first notes, this electro-shoegaze dou are like a revved up Raveonettes Primal Scream mashup, flying high’. THE BIG TAKEOVER
‘A transatlantic collision of vintage valve amps and futurist electronics’. VOLUME, UK
‘Electronic-laced indie with ambient and shoegaze elements. Be watching for them’. LA RECORD
‘Out of Love is a ceaseless anthem of shoegazey pop, the song doesn't really let up, and that's a good thing. Every song on the EP is an anthemic wall of sound where the dynamics rarely shift out of the higher gears. Artist of the Month’.
THE DELI July '14
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