Currently comprised of founding members Laila Hashemi (keys, vocals) and Lexi Funston (guitar, vocals) along with Staz Lindes (bass, vocals) and David Ruiz (drums, vocals), the Los Angeles-based punk act The Paranoyds can trace their origins to the longtime friendship of its founding members, who met when they were both in preschool. Eventually moving from the playground to the practice room, the band’s founding duo met Lindes and Ruiz, who joined the band in 2015.
Since becoming a full-fledged band in 2015. the Los Angeles-based punk quartet have crafted material with the gritty spunk and dark playfulness of a cult-classic splatter film while developing what they’ve described as a “sister vocal act,” that effortlessly moves from scuzzy surf-pop to power chord-based garage rock. Interestingly, the members of the band have generally kept a low profile on social media, instead keeping in the old-school punk tradition of hitting the road, playing shows and kicking ass wherever they go; in fact, over the past few years, they’ve built up a reputation as an in-demand opener, opening for the likes of DIVV, Albert Hammond, Jr., Sunflower Bean and BRONCHO.
Slated for a July 12, 2019 release through Suicide Squeeze Records, the band’s “Hungry Sam”/”Trade Our Sins” 7 inch is a sort of one-off single that finds the band playfully expanding upon their sound and approach, before the release of more new material and a West Coast tour with blogosphere darlings Tacocat. “Trade Our Sins” is a slow-burning apocalyptic waltz centered around a simple arrangement of guitar, organs and drums that focuses on two lovers, in a now-or-never moment to share decadent, sinful delights before the end of everything. And while self-assured in a fashion that recalls JOVM mainstays The Coathangers, the song manages a sultry coquettishness.
Check out the tour dates below.
06/11/19 – Seattle, WA @ Belltown Yacht Club
06/12/19 – Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett w/ Tacocat
06/13/19 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux w/ Tacocat
06/14/19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court w/ Tacocat
06/15/19 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge w/ Tacocat
06/17/19 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada w/ Tacocat
06/18/19 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall (upstairs) w/ Tacocat
06/19/19 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda (outside) w/ Tacocat
06/21/19 – Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf w/ Tacocat
06/22/19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar w/ Tacocat
06/23/19 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah w/ Tacocat
06/25/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater w/ Tacocat