In the summer of 2013 at Michigan State University, Ben Foerg and Josh Loney hardly knew each other. Through mutual connections--and because no one else but these losers stays in town over summer break--Josh wound up at Ben's apartment one lonely Fourth of July. Because Josh didn't have Ben's phone number, he threw a rock at his window and shouted, "Hey man, you wanna do some acid?" Though it would be a few years until The Absurd (formerly "Ben Foerg & The Absurd") became a thing, the ensuing drug trip made the pair an inseparable duo. While Josh finished college, Ben went to Colorado to bum around and write folk songs. Josh noticed the potential for a rock band to form, and the seeds of The Absurd were planted. The two moved to Los Angeles late 2014. After five failed drummers (one wound up homeless, another broke his chest--literally), they found current drummer Colin Jensen, an ex-Mormon from Utah searching for his soul while playing Jazz for cash on the streets. The three hit it off, writing enough music to play (poorly) live, starting at places like the now-defunct Black Rose Tavern on the West Side and Rafa's Lounge in Echo Park. Since then--and only after a few grueling years of playing every grungy dive LA has to offer multiple times a week--The Absurd have made their way to becoming regulars at LA staples like The Satellite, Harvard & Stone, The Viper Room, Silverlake Lounge and many, many others. One of the hardest working bands in the industry, they have released three EP's and three singles, and recently released their debut LP, "Build the Wall."
A city full of transplants, and yet all four members of Niantic are from the Los Angeles area. We grew up right here, in the thick of it, watching people and ideas and flavors of the month come and go. So we transplanted styles. The goal is impossible -- a sonic architecture, a diversity of borrowing, from all periods and approaches to great music. Different approaches to technical mastery -- or sometimes lack thereof. A relentless focus on arranging, musicianship, and performance. Every song tells a story, has words and melodies to get lost in. On stage you won't want to look away. On record hopefully it'll be like anything good you put on -- you'll call your friends in from the other room and say "you've gotta hear this". What does the name mean?? It's an Indian tribe from Connecticut. Ryan found it on a street sign in San Diego and it's a pretty name. You can pronounce it with a hard I if you want to. We're probably concentrating on not sucking and not correcting your language. But if you do find yourself intrigued, bring your friends, come see us live.
Venice Beach-based band Little Galaxies are transporting listeners to another universe with their fresh brand of ‘cosmic rock’. The band experiments with inter-dimensional textures in their song “Out in Control,” the first single off their upcoming sophomore LP, recorded and co-produced by Sejo Navajas at the historic 4th Street Recording Studio in Santa Monica (The Beach Boys, No Doubt, Incubus). Their music has caught the attention of several notable music blogs, including Buzzbands LA, Earmilk, OC Weekly, The Bay Bridged, and The Deli Magazine, who awarded them "Emerging Los Angeles Artist of the Year" with a feature in their SXSW print edition. Following the release of their debut album Patterns, Little Galaxies played shows and festivals all over Southern California, toured up the West Coast and to Austin, Texas before going on an extended hiatus in 2015 due to Fournier incurring injuries from a car accident. The band made a triumphant comeback earlier this year with shows at LA’s Townhouse Venice and The Satellite. Little Galaxies’ sound and live show have evolved to a higher dimension and they’re ready for liftoff as they gear up to release “Out in Control” on October 5th.