Bootleg Theater Presents
Motor Sales, Somme
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90057
This event is 21 and over
LEAN is a collaboration between two session musicians, writers and producers Stephen Johnson and Kyle McCammon. The pair met as hired guns on a recording session and their partnership grew from there. Between the two of them they’ve performed with the likes of Banks, Sam Dew, Doe Paoro, Ofelia K and Josiah & the Bonnevilles. Their last single 'Come Back' was premiered on NYLON who said it is a “catchy new track that is anything but overly sweet. “Come Back” is a shimmering summer tune with a darker edge. Their sound can be described as dream pop or make out rock.” If you listened closely, you might have caught their song Lucid Dreams in TBS’ Search Party last winter.
LEAN will release a full length LP, YEARS, in the coming months, which was written and recorded at their studio in East LA (Lean-To Studios). Of their upcoming LP, Kyle says, “I had this concept to make a bunch of 90's hip hop beats and then try to build indie rock songs on top of them. With Stephen’s ear for hooks it came together effortlessly.”
The latest music from songwriters Pete Harper and J. Blynn seemed doomed almost from the beginning. The duo, who had released two albums as Harper Blynn, had been playing in Mosco Rosco until about three years ago. Motor Sales was born shortly thereafter, when they recorded an EP with Shawn Everett, who has produced music by Weezer, Julian Casablancas, the Growlers and Lucius and won a Grammy for engineering Alabama Shakes’ 2015 album. But the recordings were lost in a power surge in New York City right before they were mixed. The first song, “Kick It Off,” is the only one to have survived.
It’s a song that damned near glows in the dark — a rocker in electronic clothing, modern and atmospheric but somehow carrying pieces of Beatles’ DNA, with a finger-snapping beat propelling it toward an indelible falsetto chorus. The duo says it’s representative of a batch of songs encapsulating “the sometimes-dystopic future-present landscape of Los Angeles, and by extension our current personal and societal predicaments. … Imagine taking one of your favorite records to the desert and playing it through a boombox during a swirling Van Gogh meteor shower.”
If the song is weighted by existential dread, it anticipates something better, a breakthrough of some kind. And that’s revealed in the video for the song, directed by Max Knight and starring Matt Russell, who plods through his household routine before finally catching the what’s-next spirit at the end.
What’s next for Motor Sales are more releases in 2018; since their original sessions, the duo have since reconvened with Everett to record a full album.
Unrequited love is a fact of life. It trips us up, leaving us to question our emotional well-being, worthiness, and lovability. For rising L.A. artist Somme, it’s the genesis of a stellar debut song and video.
“Long Time” is, according to Somme, about “a relationship that ultimately went nowhere.” It exists in that troublesome middle ground between holding on to the love you have in your head and coming to terms with the fact that this love is not how you imagine it to be. In Somme’s case, that love involved a girl from her past and the realization that this girl couldn’t answer all Somme’s big life questions—only Somme herself could do that.
Photographer and director Lindsey Byrnes tells us she “really wanted to visually express the advice that I have heard over and over: love yourself and eventually, you will be able to share love with someone else.” Through lush nature shots and choreography performed by the one and only Sam Akins, Byrnes and Somme bring to life a story about learning to let go of a bad relationship and instead embrace the love you feel for yourself. “It became clear that I wasn’t singing about that relationship anymore,” Somme says, thinking back to her initial frustration with the experience that inspired the song. “I was singing about myself.”
Byrnes pulled together a solid team of queer-identifying people to bring “Long Time” to life. ”[Bia Jurema] really nailed the visuals,” Byrnes says of the video’s director of photography and editor. “I wanted to make a video that was empowering and gender-fluid,” she adds. “I want the audience to understand that she is him, he is her, they are her, him are they, and they are them, but if they don’t, that’s okay, too.” And, most importantly, the greatest love story isn’t the one you have with another; it’s the one you have with yourself. After all, you’re the one you’re stuck with for a lifetime. Can we get an amen? - NYLON
$8.00 - $10.00
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