Boys School, Meat Wave, The Dirty Dishes, The Josh Boyd 3, Comfort Crush

Boys School

Recognized as one of the most skilled and stylistically original guitar players amongst the Los Angeles music scene, Detroit native Brett Farkas has been a major contributing force, playing for such influential artists/groups as Aaron Embry's psychedelic indie outfit, Amnion, legendary soul music icon, Solomon Burke (of whom he was nicknamed, "Cookieman") and most recently, acclaimed folk rockers, Lord Huron. After two years of heavy touring with Huron and masterminding the guitars on their breakthrough album, Farkas steps out to front Boys School, and delivers an exuberant, self-titled, debut album of sneering rock n' roll, addictive pop and thoughtful ballads.

With particular nods to early Elvis Costello, the Clash, Spoon and Harry Nilsson, and not to mention a wicked obsession for the savory sounds of the Swedish death pop supergroup, ABBA, the Boys School album clocks in at a brisk 34 minutes, yet it embodies a wide inclusiveness of inspiration - from early rock n roll, 70's glam and punk, to 90's college radio and the traditional song-smithery. Songs alternate between high charged abandon and meditative plateaus, often within the same tune, a testament to Farkas' strong belief in multi-faceted musical exploration. Lyrics navigate the pressure and release of frustration and heartbreak, coupled with wary hope and near manic longing for freedom, all snaking their way through a colorful, sometimes sunny, sometimes snarling, and often humorous landscape.

There is something undeniably, adolescently fun about Boys School, though a fun that's tempered by a very grownup sense of foreboding and a very old school appreciation of spirited musicality, especially felt in their live shows. In a an era of bands attempting to mimic their own recordings in live performance, playing along to pre-recorded tracks, Boys School takes the old road to reach new destinations.

"Musicality is being in the moment, playing the song to the means and capabilities of the group, and taking it to new places every time. And that's all that matters, that there's risk and intention behind it, energy. Nobody's gonna miss a thing if you're playing hard. And I mean "hard" not like loud and heavy, but intensely focused and giving everything that you've got."

Loud, melodic punk. Always urgent, sometimes-psychedelic and never happy. Shit's tasteful.

The Dirty Dishes

"Dirty Dishes is the latest band to come out of Los Angeles with a mix of punchy, feedback-drenched anthems that would make the ghosts of the 90s proud. That’s not to say that Dirty Dishes isn’t doing anything new, even as the sounds of 120 Minutes becomes the standard sonic palate for a million current bands. With rockers like Yuck and Silversun Pickups at the forefront of the charge, Dirty Dishes is doing a fine job on the movement’s rock-inspired flank; musically, they traffic in spiky rhythmic blasts that recall the deepest In Utero cuts, but the band heads in a totally different direction when vocalist/guitarist Jenny Tuite's soaring melodies are laid on top. Keyboardist Alex Molini’s manic keyboard squaks (which would sound at home in any early-aughts San Diego Spock rock ensemble) and the band becomes even more difficult to pin down. Orbiting LA's DIY breeding ground, Dirty Dishes brings together punk methods and art-school flamboyance." VICE

The Josh Boyd 3

The Josh Boyd 3 prides themselves on being divisive-- You might not be ready for them anyway. Since their first shows in 2011, the JB3 (comprised of Morgan Ponder, Shin Lee and the eponymous one himself) have been taking soulful pop sensibilities and laying them over explosive twin synths and live drums; creating a catchy, distinct and dynamic sound that borrows cues from punk, disco, and indie rock, but never returns them.

Comfort Crush

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