Doors at 8:30
9 - FriendlyBear
9:45 - The Electric West
10:30 - ModPods
11:15 - Broken Baby
Brainchild of wunderkind newcomer Amber Bollinger and rock veteran/producer Alex Dezen (The Damnwells), LA-based Broken Baby is an uncompromising rock band with post-punk edge and melodic appetites. Formed out of the ashes of failed relationships, both romantic and musical, Bollinger and Dezen wrote and recorded all the songs from their debut EP in the span of 2 weeks, honing their singular, collaborative work without pretension or extravagance. Heading back into the studio later that year to begin work on their just released debut LP, the 10 tracks that emerged a few months later brought their forthright vision to new, blistering heights. Their boomy, low-fi sound soothes and scrapes in equal measure, with Bollinger’s bright, wispy vocals turning into adrenal-fueled rants with little warning. Caught somewhere between Savages, The Jesus Lizard, Gang of Four, Eurythmics, and The Pretenders, Broken Baby is a band for punching the air and driving a little too fast.
ModPods are a post-punk, electro-dance trio fronted by Myriad Slits. Their sound is a controlled chaos of Myriad’s erratic electronic beats, deep driving bass, effected guitar, and hard hitting drums. Musicians Mindee Jorgensen and Daniel Guzman trade off instruments to create an artful and gritty soundscape to compliment Myriad’s soulful, fierce vocals and cutting lyrics.
2013, The Electric West formed in Los Angeles' beautiful downtown Echo Park. Forging an outlet inside famed Bedrock Studios, the post-punk trio combined Pagdilao's pummeling dance beats with punctuated melodies and Lewallen’s sympathetic crooning between alternating currents of contemporary political angst and a cold, metallic stare at our nation’s past. Intensely charged, these tracks channel gripping themes—Manifest Destiny, Salem witch burnings, and even meta-fictitious graphic novelizations—to create a raucous source of inspiration for fans of Dead Kennedys, Gang of Four, and David Bowie. Following their first tour of the West Coast, and a week of SXSW, The Electric West co-released their 4 song EP, "Verdugo" on tape, CD, and a very limited run of 7" records with friends Future Force Records. The Electric West is Lee Lewallen, Byron Pagdilao, and Billy The Kid.