Heliotropes, Fatty Cakes & the Puff Pastries

Heliotropes

"A confident rock band through and through, and with big riffs and close-style harmonies, Heliotropes dip a little into early '90s Seattle but they own it." - BrooklynVegan

"The band has impressive range, shifting easily from vintage girl-group harmonies to rugged stoner rock powered by chugging riff-heavy guitars and banshee vocals." Rolling Stone

HELIOTROPES is the musical vehicle of four Brooklyn women that hail from places as wildly divergent as West Virginia, New Jersey, and California. Formed in 2009 by current members Jessica Numsuwankijkul and Amber Myers, the band eventually saw the release of 2011's Ribbons 7" -- an offering of heavy psych numbers steeped in dark magic and new-romantic leanings with a formidable lyrical presence. In 2012, Heliotropes signed to LA's Manimal Vinyl (Bat For Lashes, Warpaint, Sister Crayon), and released 2 singles, "Moonlite" and "The Dove".

The group released their debut album, A Constant Sea, June 18th on Manimal Vinyl. Paste Magazine called the record an "onslaught of the hammer of Thor rhythms and guitar fuzz", while Consequence of Sound pointed out that "Heliotropes show a surprisingly mature and focused control of their formula on A Constant Sea, luring you in only to eat you alive."

Heliotropes draw a lot of comparisons to other all-girl bands, as tends to happen with female musicians, but as Seattle's The Stranger astutely pointed out, "they sound more like Black Sabbath than the Vivian Girls...There's no holding back with these ladies."

Fatty Cakes & the Puff Pastries

Fatty Cakes is the solo project of Amber Fargano. Vocal chords, a chord organ, a glockenspiel, and a snare drum are sure to get you hot and bothered and all sorts of glazed. Now joined by the grl gang The Puff Pastries.

San Diego electronic-dance duo Okapi Sun describe their music as "a cut-and-paste of our past, our now, our culture, our soul. We decorate ourselves with sounds and let them form into songs." To put it more simply, guitarist Leo and keyboardist Dallas lay down catchy dance grooves and blend their vocals on deliriously giddy pop songs like "Sidewalk," coming off a little like a postmodern Bananarama. Dallas keeps things funky with her throbbing synth lines, while Leo's surging guitar chords prevent the tunes from sounding too poppy. Like its namesake animal, Okapi Sun "decorates itself with different stripes to become one with its surroundings and add to its great camouflage." What that means musically is that the duo isn't limited to the usual dance-music rules, preferring to branch out into stranger territory, like its mysteriously cool and groovy remake of "Hit the Road, Jack." —Falling James LAWEEKLY

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Heliotropes, Fatty Cakes & the Puff Pastries with Okapi Sun

Friday, October 11 · Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM at Love The Captive Studio