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Little Galaxies is an up-and-coming Venice Beach, CA indie rock quartet, currently comprised of founding members Jeanna Fournier (vocals, guitar) and Amir Eshraghi (guitar, theremin) along with Andreas Kvinge Sandes (bass) and Christian Johnson (drums), and the band can trace its origins to when Fournier and Eshraghi met and fell inn love. With the release of their full-length debut 2013’s Patterns, the quartet quickly established a textured sound that draws from psych rock, pop, folk and soul. 

The Venice Beach indie quartet has received praise across a number of renowned sites across the blogosphere including Earmilk, Buzzbands LA , The Bay Bridged and print publications like OC Weekly, and The Deli Magazine; in fact, the band won The Deli Magazine‘s Emerging Los Angeles Artist of the Year Award, which led to a feature in that publication’s SXSW print edition. Building upon a growing profile. the band also won KSCR‘s Best Music Video and Best Feel Good Video award for “Tonight.” Building upon a growing regional and national profile, the band has played shows and festivals across Southern California, toured up and down the West Coast, eventually making their way as far east to Austin, TX. Most recently, the band was commissioned by the Mayor of Salton Sea’s West Shores to compose the closing song for the documentary SOS: The Salton Sea Walk.

After a three year hiatus in which Fournier recovered from incurring injuries in a car accident, the band returned the stage last year with shows at the Townhouse, The Satellite, The Viper Room and others with those shows featured the band’s new rhythm section — Johnson (drums) and Sandnes (bass), both of whom have been instrumental in the band further expanding upon the sound that won them attention. 

Little Galaxies are currently working on the finishing touches on their forthcoming sophomore full-length album, and the album’s first official single “It’s Natural” is centered around towering layers of shimmering guitars fed through delay and other effects pedals, a regal horn arrangement, a propulsive rhythm section and Fournier’s sultry and languid vocals. And while bearing an uncanny resemblance to JOVM mainstay Oddneese, the song as the band explains in press notes, “is about letting nature take its course when thing are out of our control and in dire circumstances, allowing oneself to become enlightened through these experiences. We wrote the song during the band’s hiatus while our singer was healing from injuries from a car accident. After watching our world collapse around us, we learned that we have the power to shift our perspectives and look at these pitfalls in a positive light. We took three years to rebuild what we had lost, and now see that this experience helped us to grow and come back stronger. This song is a call to embrace the natural ebb and flow of life and find the ‘diamonds in despair.'”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Video: Los Angeles’ Jubilo Drive Releases Trippy Visuals for Their Anthemic Yet Nostalgic Single “Look Around”

Currently comprised of Jordan H. Kleinman (vocals, guitar), Aaron Shadow (keys, vocals), Henry Kuckens (guitar), Kalyn Beach (bass) and the band’s newest member Jacob Lauing (drums), the Los Angeles, CA-based art pop/indie rock quintet Jubilo Drive can trace their origins to when the quartet of Kleinman, Shadow, Kuckens and Beach along with Eric Cruz (drums) met while they were all attending Chapman University. They began jamming together, eventually developing sound that meshed their individual tastes and drew from several different styles of experimental music. And as a result, the band has received praise from the likes of Buzzbands.LA for a “colorful brand of indie psychedelia rock.” 

After the members of the band graduated from Chapman in 2016, they spent the next year touring. When the tour ended, the band was hit with an unimaginable tragedy when Eric Cruz died in a fatal car accident in 2017. Reeling from the loss of their friend and bandmate, the band made the difficult decision to continue onward to honor their friend.

The band’s recently released full-length effort Late Night, Early Morning thematically navigates through love, loss and the difficulties of moving forward in the face of inconsolable loss — balancing emotional catharsis with hope. While paying tribute to Cruz on two album tracks, the interlude “99.2 ERC,” which was centered around an old recording of Cruz on Chapman’s college radio show with Kleinman Thursday Night Taxi Service introducing a Jubilo Drive track and “Thursday Night Taxi Service,” the album finds the band actively pushing their sound and approach in new directions. “We were pretty experimental when it came to recording techniques on this record,” the band’s Jordan H. Kleinman says in press notes. “We’ve determined what does and does not work for our sound or recording style. Right now Jubilo Drive is essentially a new band with an old name. We had some ups and downs making this record but we’re stronger and wiser for it. I feel really confident about our process moving forward.” 

Thursday Night Taxi Service’s latest single is the propulsive  “Look Around.” Centered around infectious, arena rock friendly hooks, shimmering guitar lines, thunderous and forceful drumming, atmospheric synths and plaintive vocals, the song sonically reminds me of The Life and Times’  2005 full-length Suburban Hymns, complete with rousing, arena friendly raise-your-beer-in-the-sky-and-shout-along worthy hooks and some 60s psych rock blasts of flute. While being a bit of a wistful nod at a much more innocent past, the song is really a hopeful look forward with the understanding that there’s always a little bit of guilt in moving forward — and that hopefully you can earn some wisdom and compassion from life’s difficulties. 

Edited by the band’s Henry Kuckens, the recently released video for “Look Around” consists of slickly edited stock footage shot from various parts of the world during the 60s — and as a result, it emphasizes the song’s sense of nostalgia while being trippy. 

New Video: The Murky 80s MTV-Inspired Visuals of Second Still’s “You Two So Alike”

Over the past month or so, I’ve written a bit about the Los Angeles, CA-based post-punk trio Second Still. And as you may recall, the band, which is comprised of its founding members Ryan Walker (guitar) and Alex Hartman (bass) along with Suki San (vocals) can actually trace their origins to when Walker and Hartman met in 2007 in Los Angeles. Four years later he duo had relocated to New York and at that point, they had recorded over 100 instrumental demos, which were largely inspired by French coldwave and No Wave. While in New York, Walker and Hartman spent a significant amount of time, searching high and low for a vocalist that they felt could match their intensity and creative output — and when they met Suki San, they felt an immediate simpatico.
The trio’s first show was a party at the now-condemned McKibbin Street Lofts that was famously shut down by the police during their set’s second song. And building upon the buzz of that incident, the band recorded their debut EP, Early Forms, which was released last March as a limited edition cassette that quickly sold out. Making the most of their time, while they were living in Brooklyn, the members of the band wrote and recorded the material, which would eventually comprise their soon-to-be released, self-titled, full-length debut — and the material on the album thematically covers deeply post-modern subjects: depression, frustration, anxiety and alienation.

Relocating back to Los Angeles, the band released two singles “Walls” and “Recover,” that revealed a decided sonic departure from their previously released EP; in fact, “Recover” finds the band nodding at 80s post-punk, in particular Sixousie and the Banshees as San’s gorgeous vocals, which to my ears bear an uncanny resemblance to Sixousie Sioux’s are paired with angular and shimmering guitar chords played through reverb and delay pedal, a propulsive bass line and stark, industrial-leaning drum programming. And as a result, the song simultaneously possesses a brooding chilliness and a motorik groove. “Strangers,” the second single off the band’s debut sonically continues on a similar vein, sounding as though it drew from Siousxie and the Banshees’ “Happy House” and “Israel” but with a clean, modern production sheen and a slashing and forceful guitar solo.

Although it may arguably be one of the shorter running singles on their album as it clocks in at a little over 2 minutes, “You Two So Alike” is one of the eeriest songs they’ve released to date, as it was inspired by “an article Suki read about Brittany Maynard, a woman who decided to commit suicide after being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, a few years ago,” and by the End of Life Clinic in The Netherlands, as the band told Buzzbands LA. Sonically speaking, it continues the same mood and tone of the album’s previously released singles as the band pairs a sleek and chilly, motorik groove, propulsive, industrial-leaning drum programming and shimmering guitar work — and while clearly drawing from 80s post-punk, the material balances slick production with a raw and visceral emotionality.

Directed by the band and Alison Littrel, the recently released video manages to be reminiscent of early 80s music videos. Shot on grainy VHS-style tape, the video features the band playing and brooding in front of projection screens, which gives the video an appropriate murky and eerie vibe.