"When Ex Hex exploded onto the scene with their unfettered brand of rock and riffage, the power trio for our generation had finally arrived. Made up of Mary Timony (guitar, vocals), Betsy Wright (bass, vocals), and Laura Harris (drums), the group’s 2014 debut ‘Rips’ was a gleaming collection of tightly wound gems and near-constant touring throughout 2015 and 2016 established the band as a force to be reckoned with: an audacious three-piece distilling rock music to its essence with formidable skills and a reputation for frenzied and unabashedly fun live shows." - pressparty.com
"Playing smart, lively pop music with a strong garage rock influence and a dash of punk-style energy, Feels are a Los Angeles-based band led by lead singer and guitarist Laena Geronimo. Their music is buzzy and energetic, with the guitar interplay between Geronimo and Shannon Lay carrying the melodies and adding noisy texture, while bassist Amy Allen and drummer Michael Rudes give the music a strong foundation, and Geronimo's vocal dizzle some sweetener over the top. Feels were in full control of their sound on their self-titled 2016 debut album, but sounded tighter, more aggressive, and more confident on 2019's Post Earth." - via Spotify
She uses self portraiture as a method of exploring and healing wounds, and deconstructing learned preconceptions of the body and mind. She works primarily in 35mm, and has just relocated from NYC to Portland, Oregon.
A little about Scott Free: A fan of punk rock rock and DIY music. I also like shooting drag queens, kings, and other artists. I only like shooting mostly small DIY and punk venues in LA and surrounding So Cal. I go out a lot, 4 nights a week. I am always looking for new bands to see, new places to hang out and to meet artists. I also work as a wardrobe stylist in the music business - styling bands and working on music videos.
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Kalynn Barnum is a live music photographer from South Louisiana now living in Los Angeles. She loves sharing and promoting the artistic works her friends are doing through her chosen medium of photography.
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"Best friends since the age of 11, the members of Wallows have spent most of their lives obsessing over music together, steadily gathering a musical vocabulary that’s expansive and erratic and wildly eclectic. On their full-length debut Nothing Happens, the L.A.-based trio puts that vocabulary to work and draws from infinite inspirations: scores to Spike Jonze movies, the Beatles’ most rhapsodic digressions, bedroom pop and lo-fi hip-hop and ’70s post-punk. The result is an album that’s endlessly unpredictable, yet somehow as familiar and deeply felt as the world inside your head." - BT PR
"Originally from New Jersey, Michael Gordon, who creates under the name Mk.gee, has spent the last few years living in Los Angeles. The multi-instrumentalist took some time this summer between tours with Omar Apollo and select dates with Dr. Dog, to complete his new Fool EP. In line with his debut release from May, Pronounced McGee, the project sees Gordon handling all of the writing, recording and mixing duties himself." - Perfect Pitch PR
Like so many acts before them in their position, when it came time for the daunting task of beginning to write their third album, Brisbane, Australia quartet Last Dinosaurs were at a crossroads.
The huge success of their previous two efforts, 2012’s In A Million Years (Top 10 Australian ARIA Chart), and 2015’s Wellness had established them as stalwarts of the international indie rock scene and “arguably Australia’s greatest indie-pop export” – The Music. Selling out shows across Australia as well as huge headlining tours and festival plays across the UK and Europe, Southeast Asia and South Africa, Last Dinosaurs also supported international acts such as Foals, Two Door Cinema Club, Bloc Party and Foster the People and made appearances at festivals, including Splendour In The Grass, Laneway, Falls Festival and Field Day to name a few...
But where to go to next? The answer: start from scratch.
So they packed what was essentially a mini studio (one mic, one interface, speakers, a computer and a few instruments) and travelled to the isolated town of Arita, Japan. The band’s principal songwriters, Sean and Lachlan Caskey, are of Japanese heritage, so in some ways this was a pilgrimage to find their roots, and yet once there, it dawned on them quickly that the place itself was completely foreign.
Their resulting mind-set from that isolation and their humble, DIY recording set up lead the band to strip back their production to the bare-essentials, and let the natural beauty of their song writing rise to the surface.
Soon, inspiration began to flood in from everywhere. Sean delved into his personal life and began exploring the emotions and life moments he and the band had experienced in the whirlwind few years since they broke onto the scene with their debut record more than half a decade earlier.
Meanwhile, Lachlan Caskey, who had previously focused solely on his incredible guitar playing, began to find his own song writing voice, and would eventually pen half the album’s tracks.
This Caskey/Caskey combination became that elusive third album titled Yumeno Garden, released in fall 2018, an exercise in the duo rediscovering their roots, as well as pushing themselves into whole new realms.
The first single, “Dominos” opened the door for the return of big guitar riffs, a major element of their early sound that was largely missing on Wellness. The song’s lyrics were penned after a difficult year for Sean that felt full of anxiety and misadventures, the words a reflection on the concerning lack of control he felt over that time, which he compared to the paralysing effects of vertigo.
Second single, “Eleven”, has already been earmarked as a future classic of the band, thanks to the irresistibility of the swirling guitars, boom-boom-bap drumming, and Sean’s dynamic vocal performance recalling Discovery-era Daft Punk one moment, before diving to his lower register and delivering a vintage Julian Casablancas (The Strokes). It’s subtly emotional, slightly jagged, and slathered in a beautifully distorted sheen.
Both “Dominos” and “Eleven” gained high rotation playlisting on world renowned radio station Triple J and lead to a sold out national single tour in Australia.
December 2018 found the release of the third single, “Bass God”. Sean explains, “The song is lyrically about looking within for direction and guidance instead of to a higher power, but it originated by a strange day dream I had about the bass god, a tall, long haired, colourful faced-painted bass rock god playing all the epic bass lines that united everyone in a euphoric trance.”
Last Dinosaurs finished off a huge 2018 playing Shakafest, Beach Life Festival and New Years’ Eve On The Hill. 2019 is set to be even bigger - kick started with a show at the Australian Open in January, then onto their sold out Yumeno Garden album tour in March, which has sold into multiple rooms due to huge demand. From there the world is their oyster, with Last Dinosaurs set to make their U.S. debut on an already sold out fun of dates, including two nights in San Francisco, three nights in Los Angeles, four nights in New York City and three nights in Chicago - an incredible feat, for the first time in a new market.
“A raw, minimalistic sound.” – Beat
“Last Dinosaurs are establishing a direct line to their audience... they’re having much more
fun as a band now, unified in their vision for this record and for the future.” – Pedestrian “The Brisbane indie-pop group dive straight into the six-string haven for 'Eleven', and mine a
particularly rich indie rock vein.” – triple j ““Arguably Australia's greatest indie-pop export.” – The Music “The band are one of the best in the biz.” – Pilerats
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Matthew Hoang is a Bay Area based photographer. Matthew enjoys shooting live music by local and established acts.
"Standing side stage, I hear the words “I’m Hannah” ring out harmoniously alongside the cheers of hundreds of fans. I could feel my heartbeat in my veins; I left the show unfurling before me and for a moment existed instead within a memory where I’d heard this same song at a show SWMRS played over a year and a half earlier. It was one of those strange moments we all experience at some point or another where we’re reminded of where we’ve been and how far we’ve come. I was standing in the midst of my heroes, camera strapped to my chest, and I couldn’t stop thinking about who I was when I had first seen this song live. SWMRS sound tracked a monumental time in my life, a time I spent discovering who I was and what mattered to me. This simple song stirred within me a nostalgia about how significantly I’d grown in adjacency to this band who’ve played a large role in the person I’ve become. From fostering a hopeful anger to the injustice occurring around me, to giving me a voice and shoulder to cry on in the face of unexpected heartbreak, SWMRS has provided a cathartic release to each emotion I’ve suffered through and triumphed over in my adolescent life. I was confronted with a beacon of hope standing before these young men as they performed song after song, reminding me of the power of human emotion and the potential for change through commitment and intentionality. As I was shown two years ago when I saw them perform for the first time, and as I was reminded last night, SWMRS is not just a band. They’re a part of a larger movement dedicated to encouraging political consciousness and self-awareness within today’s youth; they’re committed to invigorating an indescribable and lasting feeling within their audiences that induces respect for every other human being standing beside you in a theatre bleeding the red blood of equality and transcendent love. Their set ended, and I could feel inside that something had changed. I believe we all exited that theatre in a different state than how we’d entered it, it was different from all other shows I’d shot before and quite possibly all other shows I will shoot after." - Sarah
Samantha Simmons is a photographer from San Diego, California exploring and documenting life as she sees it. Whether it’s the underground music scene or constructing a reality rooted in nostalgia through film, she wants to encourage people to feel all they’re capable through the art they consume.