The Echo & Part Time Punks Present
Fear Of Men + Dunes + Dream Boys + Roses [ex-Abe Vigoda]
1822 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, California, 90026
This event is 18 and over
Part Time Punks
Fear of Men
2016 sees the return of Fear of Men with ‘Fall Forever’, an album that builds on the melodicism of their acclaimed debut al- bum ‘Loom’ and takes it in a bold and modern direction, pushing the limits of their instruments to take on new and alien forms.
After extensively touring in support of their acclaimed debut album, Fear of Men decamped in the early months of 2015 to an outbuilding of a disused abattoir in rural Kent, England, to begin work on new material. A two hour bus ride from their native Brighton and a blackhole for cell signal, such an environment was fitting for a band determined to strip their sound back to the bone and build it up to make an album that would, on their live return, “make the stage shake”.
On ‘Fall Forever’ Fear of Men twisted together sounds and influences from a variety of genres to create their own vision of a dark and modern pop record. Working with producer Tom Morris to gain clarity and presence, they focused on core sounds instead of layers, while still incorporating textures and details that can be discovered upon repeat listens.
Extending upon the themes of 'Loom', Jessica Weiss puts forth her own voice, rather than hiding behind metaphor or refer- ences. The result, she says, is a “very personal and genuine record exploring where my life is at the moment. It feels a lot more exposing than Loom, and it’s been a way for me to process my life." A vocalist who has proved herself adept at conveying a kaleidoscope of emotions in just a few lines, Weiss juxtaposes the resultant feelings of independence and self-determination with ruminations on reliance and intimacy. Indeed, she calls ‘Fall Forever’ a love album, but one with themes of strength and independence and one that explores emotional extremes of closeness and distance, love and violence.
Fear of Men reflects such contrasts in the sonic palette of the album; cold electronics meet lush, breathing textures and fre- netic post-punk drums shudder against undulating guitars that recall the fluidity of shoegaze while stripping it of that genre’s crutch of thick reverb to create a more forceful and contemporary sound. Intent on looking forward, the band utilised mod- ern effects pedals and technology to manipulate their traditional band instruments into new and alien forms. Such an ap- proach can be heard on ‘Until You’, where frozen guitar chords warp and twist to introduce the song before erupting into a distorted wall of sound for a chorus that hits with the punch of synthesisers but bristles with a human rawness that only gui- tars can bring.
Fear of Men have pushed themselves to explore new sonic possibilities with their old instruments while pulling back the veils that have previously obscured them and in the process created an album that could only be theirs. 'Fall Forever,’ co-produced by Tom Morris and Daniel Falvey, is out June 3, 2016 on Kanine Records.
Dunes formed in 2009 after Mark, Stephanie, and Kate realized their desire to create weird pop music. They were inspired by underground and above-ground pop music from the 60's through the 90's. In 2010 they released a self-titled 12" EP through Mexican Summer and soon after a follow up 7" titled "Old Souls", released on Art Fag Recordings. Both releases quickly sold out during their first tour. The band has been playing, touring and recording in preparation for their first full-length album to be released in the winter on PPM.
Independent music from the west coast of Scotland has always had a kinship with psychedelic pop music from the west coast of America. Orange Juice loved The Byrds, Teenage Fanclub wanted to be in Buffalo Springfield, the Pastels adored the Electric Prunes. Dream Boys are a modern day trans atlantic love affair realized. Consisting of 3 americans and 1 scotsman, their songs have the spirit of postcard records filtered through the rural haze of the paisley underground. Pure pop with nods to New Zealand’s Flying Nun records and an aura of psychedelia akin to the Church. Their songs float around the notion of time and space, love and heartbreak, the highs and lows with a range of emotion and introspection. One can’t imagine these songs coming from any other band or from any other time other than now. These songs are psychedelic in the truest sense, a californian sun rises on a Glasgow street, rain fall during an indian summer, Dream Boys’ music lies somewhere in between this musical dream, in love with pop music with a sincerity unmatched. For fans of The Church, R.E.M., Rain Parade, The Chills, The Clean, The Byrds, Belle and Sebastian, The La’s, Teenage Fanclub, Big Star, etc
ROSES is the brand new jangly dreampop project of Juan Velasqeuz from Abe Vigoda (& friends). For fans of (The Stone) Roses, mid-period Felt and other early creation catalogue jangly things...