So Many Wizards

So Many Wizards

With a sound that Aquarium Drunkard describes as an "enigmatic blend of pop, rock, ballads, and zany nuggets," the hardworking dream pop group, So Many Wizards, have been consistently playing high-spirited and powerful live shows across Los Angeles and greater Southern California. Started originally by lead singer/guitarist Nima Kazerouni in Long Beach, California, the current lineup includes Erik Felix on drums, Bassist Devin Ratliff, and Martin Tomemitsu on lead guitar. Their single "Inner City" earned airplay on BBC 1 leading to a UK tour as well as touring the US, and last year supporting No Age at the first annual KXLU Fest in Los Angeles. They have unquestionably become a staple of LA's DIY music scene as all of their local shows are brimming with sweaty young fans crowd surfing and dancing along to every jangly dream punk song. Along with packing venues with their high-energy shows, So Many Wizards have released a handful of EPs, a debut album, two 7"s, and recently had their single "Lose Your Mind" featured on FOX's New Girl. They just released their Part Time Punks session EP via Lolipop Records and a split 7" via Converse Rubber Tracks and Amoeba Music. Their sophomore full-length album, Heavy Vision is slated to be released in September 2016.

Ablebody is an LA-based duo comprised of identical twins Christoph and Anton Hochheim (members of The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart + The Depreciation Guild). They’ve been quietly releasing music under this moniker since 2013, self-releasing an EP and 7″ single, crafting remixes and demoing original material as well as a myriad of covers.

Drawing from the raw grandeur of the 60’s, the melodicism of soft 70s pop and the sophisticated side of romantic 80s synth pop, Ablebody stand suspended between decades; students of the past but far from retro fetishists. Their musical prowess is evident but the songwriting remains tastefully direct at all times, with arrangements that bend and move in surprising ways but tastefully blanket the overarching sentiment of the songs in a way that we rarely hear in this decade.

The duo have recently taken their sound from the bedroom to the studio, working with producer/engineer Kenny Gilmore (Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti) to craft songs with a more visceral edge than they’ve explored in the past. Daniel Rosenbaum (Pomar) and Jordan Sabolick (Mt. Ossa) have joined the duo to help bring the songs to life and add new dimension to the live dynamic.

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