3rd annual CAMCHELLA with Vanaprasta, Fever The Ghost, Halfbluud, The Autonomics, The Active Set, Kissing Cousins, Rainbow Jackson, Fairbanks, Drive He Said, Totems, Geronimo Getty, El Hefe, Kissed Her Little Sister, Facial

Vanaprasta knows where rock music has been, and the Los Angeles quintet knows where it wants to take it. "Someplace mystical," singer Steven Wilkin says, "where there's arena-sized sound."

In less than three years, Wilkin, bassist Taylor Brown, drummer Ben Smiley and guitarists Collin Desha and Cameron Dmytryk have circumnavigated the nebulous L.A. indie-rock universe, releasing an EP, teasing with a couple of singles and turning in enough neck-snapping live performances to give Angelenos whiplash from Silver Lake to the Sunset Strip.

Finally, after three forays into the studio, Vanaprasta unveils Healthy Geometry (out Nov. 1, 2011), a forward-thinking, galactic-sounding debut that draws from the indie, experimental, psychedelic and R&B worlds to shape music that is at once visceral and visionary. Critics have name-checked the Killers (LA Weekly), Kings of Leon (Consequence of Sound) and Mew (Buzz Bands LA), but Healthy Geometry‟s broad dynamic also finds antecedents in the work of Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Muse, Modest Mouse and Black Sabbath.

"For a while, we called our sound 'guitarwave,' and the guys joke around that it should be 'Indie Rock Guitar Hero' or 'Epic Karaoke,'" Wilkin says with a smile. "But whatever it is, I‟m glad we had the patience to find the best way to capture it, and to cultivate who we are as a band."

And who is Vanaprasta? It is five technicians from divergent backgrounds (with equally broad tastes) who comingled in L.A.'s musical melting pot in 2008. From their first jam session, the mixing of molecules in the room generated an energy that was palpable, and end result of that night was, Vanaprasta.

The key ingredients in the quintet's stew are the colliding guitars of Dmytryk, a former punk-rock kid from Oregon, and Desha, a native Hawaiian with a foundation in slack key guitar, which wrestle atop powerful, shape-shifting rhythms from Brown and Smiley. Wilkin's balletic tenor (he was a child opera singer in Utah) holds the mold together.

The band's stadium sound illuminates themes ranging from the highly emotional to the dauntingly intellectual. Vanaprasta (whose name derives
from the Sanskrit word for a forest-dweller who has given up much of his worldly possessions) is fascinated with numerology, geometry and patterns, and what any or all them might mean in a world seemingly ruled by inefficacy and chaos.

Healthy Geometry was produced and mixed by Dave Schiffman, who recorded the band using mostly live takes with minimal overdubbing. It was mastered by Howie Weinberg, who kudoed the band on what he heard. "Working with Dave was super smooth," Wilkin says. "He came out and saw us live, and basically we let him run with his interpretation of our live show.

Healthy Geometry, which can't be categorized into any particular genre but stands on its own as a complete body of work, encapsulates all the different moving parts and ingredients that make up Vanaprasta.

-Kevin Bronson

Fever the Ghost

FEVER THE GHOST became a band in 2013 under direct supervision from the Swell Swan corporation. They have been charged with sparkling* the Los Angeles music scene. Failure to do so will result in catastrophic DNA alterations for band-members Casper, Bobby, Mason & Nick-O, the details of which have not been disclosed to them by the corporation. The first 45 RPM record of 'Rounder' b/w 'Her Earth' was produced by Luther Russell under strict orders from Swell Swann as an analog recording, ensuring musical 'cleanliness', according to corporation guidelines. Though originally the spiritual brainchild of Casper, the strangely 'touched' seer, FEVER THE GHOST will from this point forward release artworks in various musical forms under the umbrella of Swell Swann--until further notified. It is imperative that their sparkling* is enjoyed by as many receptors* as possible, due to the fact that Swell Swann is keeping precise 'count'. There is nothing further to add at this time.

* Sparkling: the musical fertilization of souls via energy-dust formed by the vibrations from a performance or recording.

*Receptors: those beings who are receptive to the sparkling.


Harley Cortez was musically quiet in 2012, choosing to focus on his art and film making career. After years of extensive touring, prolific output, and fronting various bands such as Red Cortez and Just An Animal, "Halfbluud" became the much needed reclusion to 'kick old habits'.

In late 2012, after writing hundreds of songs and playing pop-up shows throughout Los Angeles and New York, the moniker HALFBLUUD took form. A self-titled EP was recorded in Echo Park, CA, in a make shift studio in the shed behind Cortez's abode.

Halfbluud’s latest EP, Shibuya, sounds like a lo-fi, minimalistic, shoe gaze union with a hint of soul which stems from a direct result of reclusion, heartbreak, and world travels.

The Autonomics

The Autonomics are one of several bands on the cusp of the exciting new music scene blowing in from the Northwest. Formed in late 2008 by Guitarist/Vocalist Dan Pantenburg, Drummer Evan Leikam and twin brother Vaughn on bass, the indie rock trio have been blazing a trail of rough hewn, bruising rock and roll in their hometown of Bend, Oregon. Although young, the boys have their eyes set on the prize, and you can see it in their live performance, which leaves few disappointed. Now located in Portland, Or, they are pursuing a successful career in the music business.

The Active Set

> The Active Set was born of the excitement of late '70s/early '80s post-punk and new wave, unified with '90s alternative and viewed through the referential lens of the '00s. Drawing from this wide range of influences, the band has crafted a sound that is both intelligent and energetic, with driven melodies and smart hooks. Formed by Los Angeles native Matthew Stolarz, the Active Set was a backlash to the dissatisfaction of continually playing in other people’s bands. Drawing from a wide range of influences, he had written an abundance of material that needed a proper home. Collaborating in the studio with producer Jason LaRocca, the first EP was created. Once the lineup was secured, the band played became regulars in the L.A. scene. After a successful bout of touring the west coast they began work on their first album “11”. It was released to fantastic reviews including a feature in the L.A. Times, celebrating the album’s energy and eclecticism. They continued to support the album, traveling to SXSW and eventually touring with Neon Trees and AWOL Nation. Back in L.A. the band started writing new material and continued playing up and down California, including Sunset Strip Music Festival where they were voted one of the “Top 5 bands at SSMF”. After this, all focus went on finishing the EP "Lights" which was released in Spring 2015. The single “Shut ’’Em Down” spent several months playing on KROQ Locals Only. The band continued touring regionally and played two sold out shows with Bloc Party prior to their appearance at FYF Fest. That winter, the band scrapped all their earlier demos and wrote their new EP from scratch, teaming up once again with producer Jason LaRocca. The results are the new EP "Everyhting Changes", due out November 18.

Kissing Cousins

Kissing Cousins is an all girl band from Los Angeles, California. As the main creative outlet for songwriter Heather Bray Heywood, Kissing Cousins has had a variety of female musicians comprise the lineup. Most of whom were friends prior to joining the band as part of the greater East Side Los Angeles music scene. Heywood's songwriting is stark, baroque, and often sexually charged. With haunting melodies over noisy guitars and pounding rhythms, Kissing Cousins' music belies the sweet appearance of their name and image.

While the last record, Pillar Of Salt, produced by Richard Swift, took a decidedly lo-fi approach, the new EP / double 7 inch Unfortunate End is heavier, darker, and meaner. Produced By S Foye, the music utilizes more experimental instrumentation like Autoharp strummed through delay pedals and drum machines played manually through distorted amps. There is still plenty of reverb soaked vocals, vicious guitar tones, and stomping drums, but for the first time, the songs twist and turn within time signatures and tempos.

Lyrically, the songs explore the unfortunate ends of 4 different female protagonists. Heywood, who grew up in rural Alabama the daughter of southern ministers, drew heavily from personal experience to create stories reminiscent of the classic southern gothic literary cannon of Faulkner and O'Conner. But where they had only words, Heywood's music is just as responsible for telling these stories. With Unfortunate End Heywood and Kissing Cousins continue in a long tradition of redefining what it is to be in a "girl band" and what it is to sound feminine, southern, and ultimately, unique.

Their video, which stars Eric Stoltz (yes, that Eric Stoltz) is HERE.

Rainbow Jackson

Rainbow Jackson, the scuzzed-up power pop band from Echo Park, take their name from the greatest American athlete to ever play two sports, Bo Jackson. Band members Chad, Sam, Laith and Andy share a two bedroom house and a practice space with the talented and universally liked band Vanaprasta as well as a cat, a dog and a small collection of uninvited mice. They’ve been a mainstay of Echo Park’s indie scene for the last two years, supporting their friends White Arrows, NO and Youngblood Hawke.
Earlier this year, the band went to SXSW, where they performed at the Amazon MP3 Party and the Ooh La LA Records Showcase. Death+Taxes Magazine called them one of SXSW 2013 Rising Stars. In April, they released a new song called Flamingo Starr, which premiered via Pure Volume. The buzz from that landed the band a few other opportunities, including an on-air performance with AXS TV Live, where they played Flamingo Starr and a new one, Psycho Betty. The band also just won Diffuser.FM’s Song of the Month Poll with a solid 39% of the vote, which lead to this sweet interview.
In June, Rainbow Jackson released a split 7” with The Hindu Pirates via Near Mess Records, featuring the single Freckles, which premiered via Buzzbands. The video for Freckles later premiered via Pure Grain Audio. That same month, the band was also featured in a commercial for Pivot TV, which was featured by Entertainment Weekly.
Recently, Rainbow Jackson premiered a new single called Psycho Betty via Crave Online. Psycho Betty is the first track released from their forthcoming Perpetual Summer EP, a follow up to 2012’s Rippin’ Off The Rails. The Perpetual Summer EP should be out sometime this fall (we hope).

Geronimo Getty

The southern-stained Americana project from journeyman Aaron Kyle, Geronimo Getty is a starkly honest and personal voyage inward for the former Le Switch frontman, as well as a vessel for exploring the autumnal twirl and guitar-twanged magic of what Greil Marcus labeled “the Old, Weird America.”

Sounding like a slice of wax sharing space in a milkcrate with such LPs as Dylan’s New Morning, Waylon Jennings’ Ladies Love Outlaws, and the country-driven chicken shack records of early ‘70s Link Wray, GG’s debut disc is Darkness Hides, an insular collection of simmering barstool blues and rowdy folk ‘n country that’s as easy on the ears as it is gritty and confidential. Darkness Hides is all those things and more, a love letter sent directly to Buck Owens’ Bakersfield sound, unsure of what the response will be, and maybe not caring all that much, either.

Though it may be his most assured work, it’s certainly not Kyle’s first rodeo—as the vocalist and rhythm guitarist of Le Switch, Kyle and Co. quickly rose to prominence over the past several years within the L.A. ranks as one of the town’s finest indie bands. A barroom brawl of nicotine’d vocals and boozy county-rock guided by moody popcraft by turns smirking and smoldering. And when Le Switch danced its last waltz in 2011, Kyle quickly set his sights on something a bit more quietly intense and personal: Geronimo Getty. A means by which to the explore the Venn Diagram of roots genres—country, Americana, and folk—that have always spun in the periphery of his music, GG finds Kyle’s musical background and history coming into full bloom over a warm and whiskey-soaked loam of distinctly American music.

Darkness Hides is the first salvo of this new project. Mostly recorded within the confines of Kyle’s basement with Le Switch bandmate and guitarist Chris Harrison (with a few touches from the home studios of Radar Bros.’ Jim Putnam and Le Switch’s Joe Napolitano), along with Seb Baily (Division Day; Imaad Wasif) on bass and Brian Soika (Les Blanks) on drums, the disc was mixed by Jeff Halbert (Nick Cave, St. Vincent, The Californian) and produced by Kyle and Harrison.

Set to hit the world, and your ears, on May 8th, Darkness Hides will be supported by a west coast tour throughout May, followed by a national tour through the states in July and August.

Darkness may be hiding, but Geronimo Getty isn’t. And come this summer, you’ll hear why.

FACIAL makes the noise that cuts like a chainsaw through the thick buildup of residue in your mind, left behind by years of dealing with the dull banality of life.
They take the dead parts of your brain killed by mundane repetition and blasts it away with a pressure hose, while the low end rattles all the barnacles off your body and pounds you the way you are always afraid to ask for. Sweet melodies interchange with primal screaming as you fluctuate between comfort and discomfort, horror and jubilation, familiarity and utter confusion.

FACIAL aren’t always making sense. In fact, they have been known to not make sense at all. It makes perfect sense considering the difficulty of true communication. This is due to the subjective nature of reality, lack of attention due to mass distraction, and the fact that anything anybody does can be taken out of context and framed to be perceived in any which way you want! These are just a few factors, so imagine trying to boil down a live, complex organism, such as a band, to a concise couple of paragraphs, using words! what a difficult task!

Who wants to read anyways! What could somebody read about a band that would even peak their interest? A cute story? Their musical references and antecedents? Perhaps some affiliation with a more well-known artist? Maybe we are completely bored with words now and they have lost all actual meaning, and only the right combination of emojis will titillate interest anymore?
If FACIAL were to be represented only by emojis, it would probably be: The guy with sunglasses on, Upside-down smiley guy, and The guy with x’s for eyes. bored to death.


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