The Echo Presents
Turbo Lightning record release show
Washing Machines, Moses Campbell, Clipping
1822 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, California, 90026
This event is all ages
In Los Angeles' fertile, Smell-centered mid-2000s noise-rock scene, no one got as close to pure pop as the dearly departed Mae Shi, a supercollider that often sounded like a dozen bands' ideas being realized at once. Not surprisingly, they've splintered into nearly a dozen other groups since their dissociation in 2009; specifically, band member Jeff Byron has created Batwings Catwings, Physical Forms (which included left-field rapper Busdriver as a member), and Turbo Lightning, a quartet that also pulls in Dana Poblete (Batwings Catwings), Aaron Farinelli, and Zach Lewis (Hex Horizontal).
The first single from their self-titled EP (out November 15), "Faster Than Light", is the most instantly accessible Mae Shi-affiliated output yet; whereas HLLLYH bounced off the walls, "Faster than Light" gallops forward with purpose and assurance, palm-muted metal riffs providing a pacesetter for Poblete's sweetened vocals. Still, "Faster than Light" allows itself to veer from the center of the road, making judicious use of spirited cheerleading group vocals and spastic drum fills to remind you who's behind this.
"If you ever imagined standing in a hallway between the practice spaces of Sonic Youth and Nirvana, this is what it’d sound like."
-Kevin Bronson / Buzzbands LA
"The band’s songs exhibit a kaleidoscope of emotions...ranging from anger to lament. Each song is organized chaos packed inside illegally smuggled narcotics as the four destroy the stage. Lucas, lead guitar and vocals, runs rampant behind the microphone, thrashing his instrument this way and that, as if fighting off some invisible horde telling him “rock and roll’s dead.” Le’lani Lan’caster adds an unusual sound with her distorted mandolin that definitely defines the band’s sound. In unison the crowd went feral as soon as Trevor Doss, started the bass riff of “Gashzilla,” definitely the band’s local hit. The song teases the audience with a loud chorus that explodes as soon as it leaves the soothing bridge, then returns to the musical violence, back and forth."
-Erick Gaona / Mountiewire
"If you tell me you’ve heard of them, you’re lying. If you tell me you know what they mean when they call themselves a “dank rock and roll” band, you’re lying... The music is raw... I imagine a lot of local, loyal fans campaigning for Washing Machine’s ascent to the top of the Billboard charts, or at the very least the tenth spot..."
-Joe Speranza / buffaBLOG
Moses Campbell was started in 2008 by Sean. Sean and Pascal went to high school together and college together at the California Institute of the Arts. Sean met everyone else at gallery/music venues in Los Angeles. He met Miles at Tiny Creatures, Andrew at L'keg, and Pauline at Pehrspace.
Moses Campbell is a band. Moses Campbell is a family.
Clipping: make party music for the club you wish you hadn't gone to, the car you don't remember getting in, and the streets you don't feel safe on; are phantom broadcasts bleeding into Power 106 as you drive out of range; are twenty different rappers looking into one broken mirror, talking to themselves all at once; are classic west coast rap music out of the tradition where sounding different wasn't cause for fear. Formed in 2009, initially as a remix project, Clipping acquired a vocalist in 2011 and began pursuing music-making at the intersection of gangster rap, music concrète and harsh noise. One of the producers also composes film music under his name, Jonathan Snipes, and pop songs under the name Captain Ahab. The other one makes noise as Rale. The rapper fronts a hip hop group called The Getback under his real name, Daveed Diggs.