Audiofly and LOLIPOP! Present September Detroit Bar Resident : Santoros
Santoros, Dirt Dress, Froth, Thee Commons
843 W. 19th St.
Costa Mesa, CA, 92627
This event is 21 and over
Garagey racket meets a Wedding Present whirl of skittering guitars. DIRT DRESS's appearance at PTP is about 3 years overdue. A quote from their own band bio sums up the band's style and sense of humor in a sentence: "Influences include: The Velvet Underground, The Fall, The Pixies, Bo Diddley, Talking Heads and a bunch of other crappy bands." Heh. Crappy, indeed.
The band was unintentionally founded by El Segundo natives Joo-Joo Ashworth (guitar, vocals) and Jeff Fribourg (omnichord), who each graduated from El Segundo High School in 2012 and 2008, respectively.
"Frothing at the gash" is a crude Australian idiom which combines the phrase "frothing at the mouth" with a slang term for vagina: gash, typically referring to a woman who is eager to have sex.
Let the giggles abound, but Froth's music is just as good and nasty as its vulgar roots. They're blending a delicious combination of '60s garage, psych, surf, low-fi, and shoegaze drenched in Ashworth's exaggerated lyrical compositions bathed in washed out, heady vocals. Maybe some Country Joe & the Fish, Creation, and general '60s nuggets from the old school, mixed with some Brian Jonestown Massacre, Black Angels, and Entrance Band from the newer school. It's a neo-psychedelic sound quite popular in parts of Europe currently, as well as throughout Los Angeles – which is where Froth has taken it. They're presently based in Echo Park.
"Thee Commons is one more bit of evidence of Latino L.A.'s further dominance in the independent music scene. Sure, you can reminisce all you want about the days of Mika Miko and Moving Units (they were definitely fun!) but, that was then and this is now. Besides, L.A.'s Latino scene has a couple of Grammy winners to boast of if you're into keeping track of that type of silverware.
What separates Thee Commons from their local brethren (Quetzal, Las Cafeteras, La Chamba, etc.) is their focus on that old-school rock & roll sound a la Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley. There are flashes of cumbia chicha here and there reminiscent of Los Mirlos and Los Orientales De Paramonga as well.
"Rabbit And Rattles" is one of the tracks off their upcoming Sunburn at Midnight vinyl EP. The band's style sounds like it belongs on vinyl. It's super retro and I was surprised that a fight between sailors and greasers didn't break out after I listened to it."
Written by Afroxander