Shuggie Shooter is the project of Dillon Olmedo. A culmination of influences splayed out over 3 mildly crunchy single coils. A throwback and a flash forward to your polished cassette demo from years ago, the one you don't know how you could forget. Punchy drums and off-kilter power riffs mark this landscape. Hit record and get the feeling right.
Dollar Dream is a collection of differences. Songs completed with a feeling of bedroom intimacy. The tape counter just finished rolling and it's only the 4th take. Slapped together with a quick and loving band-aid in an effort to catch your ear.
IG & Twitter: @shuggieshooter
After having wrestled with a decade and a half worth of demons across four albums; each crammed full of wry suspicion, ageing angst, flippant cheek, existential despair, plaintive hope, pie-eyed wonder and worry — along with metric tonnes of neck-snapping riffs — in 2020 Everything Is A-OK for Violent Soho.
Well, in reality, that’s never exactly true, is it? The story now goes that after several years of playing the part of “those kids who don’t seem to fit in anywhere” with their first two records (2008’s We Don’t Belong Here & 2010’s self-titled) Violent Soho finally announced themselves into the public’s consciousness with 2013’s Hungry Ghost. It came in a hail of riffs and ‘HELL F*CK YEAH’s scrawled on arms, desks, and bathroom walls the world over. 2016's WACO, meanwhile — despite earning a No.1 chart debut, ARIA awards, festival headlining spots and sold-out tours to the biggest crowds of their careers — came amid personal upheaval for drummer Michael Richards, bassist Luke Henery and guitarist James Tidswell.
not kevin is the moniker of multi-instrumentalist and producer Cameron Smith (22). He uses this solo-project to collaborate with artists in various mediums and to practice production and songwriting techniques. His interest in music spawned early with his father’s guitar, singing, songwriting, bodhran and his uncle's Indie music production in New York. His introduction and pursuit of a study in Jazz saxophone brought him to Richmond, VA to attend VCU.
Beach images by Joey Solomon (@joey.solomon)
Live images by Tyler Evans (@tylerevanz)
Klypi is a DIY Pop artist from the South, whose musical influence derives from 80’s synth pop and early 2000’s Industrial. They write songs about lovelessness and heartbreak as they have never experienced true love. As an elf, they question ideas of what gender is and can be, hoping to expand our language beyond boy and girl.
Images by Sara Anne Waggoner @sunlovesthemoon & Maggy Swain @maggyroolz
Dogpatch is a female-fronted heavy Rock trio from Seattle, Washington, whose main goal is to lay down distorted riffs to bring you dirty, grimey, Rock n’ Roll. Although Dogpatch is fairly new in the scene, they’ve had no trouble getting the whole crowd in the pit at every one of their shows. A lot of their lyrical content is focused around the natural world, bringing you into an unsettlingly ethereal Universe (for instance: what’s life like through the eyes of a slimy forest floor-dweller? In their unreleased doom song Slug, Dogpatch explores this concept.) In the near future, the band looks forward to releasing heavier rock to develop a more serious sound opposite of their 2019 self titled demo.
"My name is Sabah Kenway, a 21 year old Soul and RnB singer/songwriter of North African decent. Born and raised in London, England. Growing up with both parents being musicians also from musical families, I was always surrounded by music and performance. I began writing at the age of 7/8 but it wasn’t until secondary school that I discovered artists like Nina Simone, Amy Winehouse and Lauryn Hill. I felt like I had finally found the connection I was looking for and the inspiration I needed to actually find my voice and musical identity.
A STATE OF LIVING IN AN OBJECTIVE REALITY further cements Eliza & The Delusional's dreamlike yet personal sound starting with the pounding guitars of Swimming Pool, that mellow out to allow singer/guitarist Eliza Katt's breathless vocals to shine, all before crashing back in during the chorus where Eliza sings about her excitement to take risks in a relationship. Other highlights on the EP includes ALIVE, which balances ethereal guitar soundscapes with visceral cries about battling depression and feeling alone, as well as closing track Feel It All (And Nothing), which is driven by a steady, low-key Indie Rock riff while Eliza opines about the overwhelming nature of life itself. All of the tracks also have the common theme of containing infectious hooks that showcase the band's pop sensibilities to a tee.
Photo by Luke Henery
Many young artists may find the allure of being a Rock star in the lifestyle or attention that comes with it. Dreaming of making a hit song, touring across the world and living the life few people get to live. Drugs, sex & parties. It's what we all want.. right? LA's Mid-City based Rock band, The Living Roomers think there might be a little bit more to it. Their soon to be release of their double EP, The Dream Before Afterburn they hope you may be able to see why. Their influences are ranging from anywhere between Kate Bush, Nirvana to Joy Division. You will hear a very diverse and dynamic sound. Grungy, groovy and powerful. All can be used to describe their fresh take on Alternative Rock. That sound that may first grab your attention but, what lies underneath is just as important.
"I think music and really, really good bands capture a moment in time and that's what we listen to. Music brings people together in a beautiful way. It's about connecting and love." The message you may find yourself unveiling is what they hope will keep not only you listening. The fourth-coming generations will be too young to have experienced this time period, and will get a chance to live it through the music. The band is compiled with singer/songwriter/guitarist, Truman Flyer, guitarist, Lily Dale & bassist, Jacko Rico, to talk about what's been going on this past year and what we can expect to come from them.
Hollow of the Hand consists of Jiselle Kamppila, which was created in 2018. It's a solo music project - frozen in reverb, echo and noise. She performs in musical venues and also art gallery environments. It’s poetic, ambient and experimental. The music is generated by the language of poetry. The nature of the music project is experimental and unconventional. She is most known for performing with an altar dagger. Hollow of the Hand's latest EP is entitled, Chaos are my children.
Inspirations are; Patti Smith, Leonard Cohen, PJ Harvey, Anita Lane, CAN, Sonic Youth and more.
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TITO+ is a visual artist and producer. His new EP, FLEA explores the cyclic nature of trying to break free and going back to past addictions. He is currently based out of Delhi, India.
IG: @abluetito + @pygnose
Aaron Shadrow is a multi-instrumentalist and producer from Tarzana, California. You may recognize Shadrow as the guitar player of Alt-Rock outfit Arrested Youth or the drummer of Vaporwave legend George Clanton. Shadrow has long been a creator of his own music, pulling influences ranging from 80's Electro-Pop to Norwegian Black Metal. Shadrow released his first album, First Touch in December of 2018, which presented a seamless blend of 90's Grunge, Modern House, Synth-Wave and Pop.
These days, when Shadrow is not touring or working at Clanton's record label, 100% Electronica. He is working on a multitude of new solo projects, including a series of singles which will be released sporadically throughout 2020. You can also hear his influence as the producer, engineer and studio bassist of Los Angeles based trio Wax Charmer.
Duderella is Los Angeles' number 1 Alt-Punk duo. A sonic collage of abrasive Stoner-Pop confection. Daniel Reyes on bass, screaming & crooning like the rejected offspring of Lux Interior, Glenn Danzig and Chris Magallon bashing the drums with accuracy and fury, this is a group made in dystopian heaven. Their album, Uptopia is only available on tape.
Portrait by Ceaser Luna
Live shot by OG Scott Free
Chloe Berry is Brooklyn based singer-songwriter who creates dreamy tunes in her bedroom. She has been writing songs since she was 7 years old, always drawing on her feelings and imagery in her writing. She became more serious about music in High School after developing a love for concerts and live music. She began recording demos on GarageBand during that time. After meeting her boyfriend/producer Spoonuel, they began creating fully imagined songs together and even performed for the first time together in October 2019. Drawing from a variety of artists such as Clairo, Fiona Apple and Angel Olsen, her style is unique and presents a new feeling with each song.
"We're an Indie-Rock band with members ranging from the Orange County, LA and the Inland Empire. We started off as a two man accidental project, which soon gathered traction on internet radio and various music platforms. About a year later our full band was created. Our four current members come from different musical background and styles and therefore try to bring you a different breed of Indie-Rock as you know it. We began playing shows in venues like The Glass House, headlining The House of Blues' Parish Room and Chain Reaction. Our latest release, Loud Mute / Quiet Exits is available on most music platforms. The song was produced by Shawn Sullivan, better known for his work with The Mars Volta, Saosin, Reel Big Fish and the 131ers."