The Echo Presents
Black Crystal Wolf Kids
1822 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, California, 90026
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 6:30 PM (event ends at 9:00 PM)
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
Louden Swain likes to do things their own way. Over the course of two decades together, the resourceful Los Angeles combo has released a series of impressively accomplished albums, toured successfully throughout North America, Europe, and Australia, and built a dedicated social media following—all without the support of a mainstream record label.
When the band set out to record their 8th studio album, Splitting The Seams, the idea was to make an “acoustic” album featuring fan favorites from their extensive catalog. While many artists would just unplug and rehash the same old arrangements, Louden Swain wanted to do something different. Many of the songs were re-imagined and now feature totally different instrumentation. The result is a collection full of both foot stomping upbeat grooves, and breathtakingly intimate moments that remind listeners of what makes this band unique—infectious hooks, sing-along melodies, and unique lyrical takes on love, life, and what happens along the way.
Taking their collective moniker from the plucky protagonist of the '80s film Vision Quest, singer Rob Benedict, bassist Mike Borja and drummer Stephen Norton launched the band in 1997, after meeting at a party in Los Angeles. Their early punk-inspired sound quickly expanded into a more adventurous and experimental sensibility, while maintaining the tuneful, emotionally open approach that first endeared the group to its fans on the early releases 2001's Able-Legged Heroes, 2003’s Overachiever, and 2006’s Suit And Tie. The addition of lead guitarist Billy Moran in 2006 allowed the band to finally realize the sonic vision that they'd been hearing in their heads.
Those epic visions and expanded horizons manifested themselves on the albums A Brand New Hurt (2009), Eskimo (2011), Sky Alive (2014), and No Time Like The Present (2017). It was during this time that the band discovered a new, rabid fanbase propelled by fans of The CW’s hit television show, Supernatural which featured lead singer Rob Benedict.
Splitting The Seams is a new chapter for Louden Swain, one that reconnects them with their past, while forging ahead into new territory as they continue to reach out to both old and new audiences on the road throughout 2019.
Black Crystal Wolf Kids
Inspired by the audience participation of the Flaming Lips, the anything-goes attitude of The Henry Clay People, and the over-the-toppedness of 80s tribute bands like Fast Times, Black Crystal Wolf Kids are the world's first indie-rock tribute band, paying costumed, sing-along-encouraged homage to the best music of right now (The Killers! MGMT! Billie Eilish!) as well as indie's storied past (The Pixies! The Talking Heads! The Cure!).
They're also something of an all-star band in their own right: frontman Jeff Miller, drummer Gregg Levinson, and guitarist/singer Mark Pedante all did time in the now-defunct band City Museum, while keyboardist/singer Valerie Taylor also plays with The Terpsichords and has toured with Charles Neville (among others) and bassist Marc Gasway is often spotted at the critically acclaimed bar The Varnish in Downtown LA, where he’s the musical director. "I'd gotten sick of going to see indie-rock shows on the Eastside with great, fun bands, and seeing the audience standing still with their arms crossed," says Miller, semi-ironically. "The music is great -- why not have fun and sing along to it??"
That attitude's also led to on-stage appearances from members of some of the country's best actual indie-rock bands, from members of #1 rockers fun. to hitmakers Cage the Elephant to festival top-liners Lord Huron, with near-nightly sit ins from among the scene's indie cognoscenti. "I guess," Miller says, "sometimes even serious musicians like to have a little fun themselves."
$30 Advance / $35 Day of Show / $75 V.I.P. Pre-show Meet & Greet