PART TIME PUNKS is a club that takes over noted Echo Park live music venue, The Echo on 1822 Sunset, every Sunday night. The night focuses heavily on DIY and Indie vinyl coming out of the U.S., UK and Europe from 1977 to the present: Punk, Post-Punk, Synth-Punk, Synthpop, Minimal Synth, Dark/Cold/Minimal Wave, NDW, Industrial, New Wave, No Wave, C86, Indiepop, Twee, Shoegaze, Baggy and even Krautrock…
The first 3 times we did this were amaaaazing (and PACKED) -- so it's back!!! An all-new PTP dance nite at Part Time Punks devoted to all the best in dark sounds from the 1980s... So, expect to hear the sounds of...Sisters Of Mercy, Clan Of Xymox, Bauhaus, Joy Division, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Cocteau Twins, Xmal Deutschland, The Cure, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Bauhaus, Killing Joke, Fad Gadget, Asylum Party, Alien Sex Fiend, Soft Cell, Echo & The Bunnymen, Joy Division, Trisomie 21, Tears For Fears, Gary Numan, New Order, Marc & The Mambas, The Bolshoi, The Church, Gene Loves Jezebel, The Psychedelic Furs, All About Eve, Nizer Ebb, The Chameleons, Kate Bush, Dead Or Alive, Flesh For Lulu, Play Dead, Virgin Prunes, Corpus Delicti, Visage, Norma Loy, Poesie Noire, Depeche Mode, B-Movie, Public Image Limited, New Model Army, The Cult, Wolfgang Press, Love & Rockets, Human League, The Damned, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Front 242, Adam Ant, D.A.F., Nina Hagen, Ministry, This Mortal Coil...and so much more!!!
Yes, you read that right. THE CHILLS truly ARE coming back to LA after a 20+ year absence to play Part Time Punks! Do I really need to tell you about this legendary band from the legendary Flying Nun label in New Zealand?? Do I even need to mention that this show is obviously gonna SELL OUT....and quick??????
Special Thursday nite edition of Part Time Punks to celebrate the return of THE KVB to Lost Angeles....!
This WILL sell out...so grab yer tix NOW!
Spear of Destiny was formed by Kirk Brandon and Stan Stammers from the wreckage of Theatre of Hate, and named, with characteristic grandeur, for the weapon with which the Roman centurion Longinus pierced the body of the crucified Christ. Much of the group's debut album was already in place before Lasette Ames and Chris Bell joined; released on the band's own Burning Rome label, The Grapes of Wrath echoed Theatre of Hate's final demos with astonishing precision. This original quartet did not survive for long. The album had barely hit the street when Ames and Bell quit, the latter citing both personal and religious reasons (he subsequently resurfaced in Gene Loves Jezebel). Theatre of Hate's Nigel Preston, fresh from a stint with Sex Gang Children, and Diodes' saxophonist John Lennard were drafted in for live work, but by the time Spear began work on their second album, 1984's One Eyed Jacks, both had been replaced, by former Tom Robinson Band/Stiff Little Fingersdrummer Dolphin Taylor, Case sax player Nick Donnelly, Neil Pyzer, and guitarist Alan St Clair from Howard Devoto's first post-Magazine lineup. This, the definitive Spear aggregation, toured constantly -- three outings during 1984 saw them saturate the U.K. and incite Melody Maker to enthuse, "this time next year, [this band] should be huge... that they aren't already is down to nothing more than... criminal bad luck". But two years later they found that luck... Spear of Destiny have had 10 UK Singles Chart entries. Four reached the Top 50 but only one made the Top 20 - "Never Take Me Alive" (1987). This is the first time the band has been in LA in more than 3 decades so don't miss out on this chance to see them live!
Pulverizing blackness, sheer dread and wall of sound guitars. Meet one of LA's most promising new darkwave bands, THE WRAITH. For fans of classic goth sounds like Killing Joke, Christian Death and The Mission UK.
THE MONOCHROME SET consist of, original Monochrome Set members, Bid (Guitar/Vocals) and Andy Warren (bass) with John Paul Moran (keyboards) and Mike Urban, who was previously in the band in the early 90s, on drums, The Monochrome Set formed in 1978, and were heavily influential in the ‘post-punk’ scene that evolved after the initial scorched earth of punk. The band’s early releases were on the legendary Rough Trade Label before signing with Virgin offshoot Din Disc. They also released several albums on the Cherry Red label, making a notable appearance on that label's well known ‘Pillows and Prayers’ compilation. Though The Monochrome Set split in 1985 the next decade saw several reunions for both live gigs and further studio recordings, their album release count now being well into double figures. After a hiatus of over a decade the band reformed full time in 2010 and have since toured all over the UK, Europe, Japan and the USA, whilst also releasing five new, critically acclaimed, studio albums, the most recent, ‘Maisieworld’, on the German ‘Tapete’ label in February this year. 2018 sees the 40th year since the band formed and they will be gigging worldwide to celebrate this.
SMOKESCREENS began as a love letter to the Flying Nun scene of the 1980’s and it’s outlying bands. Their latest LP, "Used To Yesterday" continues Smokescreen’s zeal for New Zealand pop but also incorporates influences from the more melodic side of Messthetics-era DIY pop and expands into classic indie pop territory, a natural fit for the group’s new label Slumberland Records.
Part Time Punks returns to Austin, TX, to host an Official Showcase at SXSW -- again in conjunction with the Felte Records label at Barracuda.... This is the 4th year we have done this together, and every year previous we were at capacityi by 10pm -- so make sure and get there early!
Centered around brothers Philippe and Hervé Lomprez, Trisomie 21 (often abbreviated to T21) are a French cold wave group who have endured since the early '80s, spanning styles such as brooding, experimental post-punk as well as a more danceable synth pop sound. The two Lomprez brothers were initially joined by keyboard player Jean-Michel Matuszak (who also served as their manager) and bassist Pascal Tison, and their music was influenced by dark post-punk acts like Joy Division and the Cure as well as the experimentation of the Residents and Yello. Belgian label Stechak released T21's debut mini-album, Le Repos des Enfants Heureux, in 1983. Bassist Laurent Dagnicourt replaced Tison for the group's 1984 full-length Passions Divisées. Emphasizing the band's rhythm section while keeping their keyboard-heavy experimentation intact, the album included the haunting "La Fête Triste," which would emerge as one of their signature tunes. The Lomprez brothers secretly returned to the studio in 2017, with early member Tison contributing to some of the sessions. The full-length Elegance Never Dies was released by the group's own Chromo Music Production by the end of the year, and the group toured throughout Europe in support of the album. Additionally, the American label Dark Entries released Chapter I-IV, a vinyl box set containing expanded editions of T21's first four records, which were also reissued individually. The group also released a three-CD box set of early material titled Originally in 2018.
Prepare for the live debut of VR SEX -- stunning new synthpunk project by Andrew Clinco from DRAB MAJESTY....whose debut LP drops this April!! But in the meantime -- Dais Records is producing a special cassette of the band's original demos just for this show!!!
Listen to VR SEX.........soon.
AURAT (OH-RUT) meaning women (in Urdu) is a music group based in L.A, embracing the Urdu language. With lead vocalist Azeka who is a Pakistani-American and Gil on bass/production.
ALL TICKETS FROM THE ORIGINAL DATE BACK IN OCTOBER WILL BE HONORED FOR THIS NEWLY RESCHEDULED DATE.
The term "post-punk", like many terms with a similar prefix, is firmly planted in a time in history, and signifies an added precision and experimentation to a thrilling genre that has echoed forward in both style and attitude. The Jason Corbett-led outfit ACTORS are standing on the shoulders of titans with their brand of the style, and could almost be referred to as "post-post-punk".
Dark melodic sounds, synthesizers, lyrics about the undead, the occult and parallel universes. This is TWIN TRIBES. Dive in or drown.
Hailing from Venice, Italy, NEW CANDYS formed in 2008. Described as dark modern rock’n’roll, the band combines noisy, brooding sounds with distinct melodies and has developed a notably dynamic and symbiotic connection between their music and meticulously crafted visual imagery. The band consists of Fernando Nuti, Andrea Volpato, Alessandro Boschiero and Dario Lucchesi. Released in 2012, their first studio album ”Stars Reach The Abyss”, mastered by Jon Astley, brought the band on tour in England and Italy. The song "Meltdown Corp." was included in the annual compilation “The Reverb Conspiracy”, co-released by the highly revered independent label Fuzz Club and The Reverberation Appreciation Society (Levitation Austin). In 2015 their second studio album “As Medicine”, mixed by John Wills of Loop, was released through Picture In My Ear and Fuzz Club and distributed by The Committee To Keep Music Evil. In the next two years the band toured Europe three times, also performing at the Secret Garden Party and Liverpool Psych Fest. They supported bands such as Slowdive, The Vaccines, Savages, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and The Warlocks. New Candys’ third and latest album “Bleeding Magenta” was released in 2017 by Fuzz Club and repressed in the United States by Little Cloud Records. I'm just sorry it's taken this damn long to have them play at Part Time Punks!!!
I won't lie. BE FOREST are one of PTP's absolute favorite discoveries since the club & radio show began nearly a decade ago. Fusing the angular ethereality of Faith/17 Seconds-era Cure tracks with the lush dreamscapes of classic 4ad sounds like The Cocteau Twins and shoegaze acts like Slowdive and MBV, these are songs to make you fall in love... Hailing from Pesaro, Italy, a town on the Adriatic coast of Italy that gave birth to bands such as Soviet Soviet, Altro, and Brothers in Law (a band that shares Be Forest‘s guitarist Nicola Lampredi). The Pesaro-movement brought out sharp sounds, chilly atmospheres, and new energies that caused a veritable earthquake among the music press in Italy and abroad.
Hailing from the UK, SLOW CRUSH is a compelling abrasive shoegaze band, dealing with the aesthetics of contrasting sounds. Heavy like a gloomy dream yet soothingly vibrant. The vulnerable soft floating voice of Manchester's Isa Holliday underneath layers of grungy shoegaze soaked noisepop, seeking shelter from a f'ed up world.
Indie, Acid, Mellow, Heavy, Animals, Nature, Dreams, The taste of moss, Bury yourself alive in HOLY FAWN.
Formed in 2014, SICK WISH is a New(er) Wave band of Boise ID musicians Brett Nelson (Built To Spill), Jonah Nelson, CraigMacomb & Edward Dunn. Their sound has been described as new wave/post punk
"Do I Look Like I’m In Love?," the new full-length from THE PRIDS, illustrates the Portland dark pop band’s mettle through keen lyrical observations, but also in its attention to sonic detail and song craft—this record couldn’t have been made by any other band at any other time. “Do I Look Like I’m In Love?” and “The Shape” both swirl and build like dreams filled with grey skies and the flickering faces of past friends and lovers. These songs nudge up against the air-brushed punk of “Lie Here” and the bass-driven “Colliding,” which recalls the dazed jangle of early R.E.M. More than two decades in, The Prids have made the best and most cohesive album of their career.
SOFT SCIENCE are following their celebrated release, Detour, with a new album titled Maps. The quintet’s third full-length release is their most polished to date as it captures more of the band’s raw live energy while still engaging the listener with the dreamy atmospheric reverberations that have become a hallmark of the band’s sound. The album features whirling guitars, airy vocals, and captivating melodies that will ring in your head long after your first listen. Maps is a complete work of 10 well-crafted songs, featuring a re-recording of the earworm track Breaking, and the albums first two singles, Undone and Sooner, that showcase the dream-gaze collective’s signature sound.
TANGIENTS is a post-punk, ambient “gaze-pop” duo based in Los Angeles. Chelsea Ray’s intense, yet dream-like vocals can pierce as well as float over Be Hussey’s(GUIDES, Radar Bros.) thick wall of sonics, resulting in a noisy, yet melodic and ethereal sound.
Montréal electronic duo, PELADA, have resonated with audiences for their recontextualized blend of early Chicago house, Detroit techno with more abstract & abrasive club music, and also for their powerful lyrics, delivered in Spanish, which often explore themes of surveillance, control, abuse, and power. The duo, comprised of vocalist Chris Vargas and producer Tobias Rochman, create a sound combining a patchwork of sequenced analogue synths, drum machines, digital samplers. The resulting live sets are wild and confrontational which can stand in sharp contrast to what audiences have come to expect from modern contemporary electronic music.
ALL YOUR SISTERS take on the post-punk paradigm is decidedly non-retro. The basic building blocks are there; heavy drummachine rhythms, pumping melodic bass lines, swaths of atmospheric guitars and cold synth melodies, but where many bands are content to wallow in the shadows of their influences, All Your Sisters sounds like the future.
Long a fixture of the Oakland, CA musical underground, SOME EMBER has seen many forms – a solo dream pop bedroom project, a four-piece goth rock outfit, then a hardware-based synth duo, and back again. Following cassettes on Crash Symbols, Night-People and Ascetic House, the band released their first LP on Dream in 2014. SUBMERGING THE SUN, the second LP by Some Ember, is a journal of climatological grief, intimate vulnerability, and transcendental sadness. Self-produced by songwriter Dylan Travis, the record’s sparse arrangements are weighted by bleak ambience and dramatic vocal turns. Icy synthesizers pierce veils of fog-like drones, delivering sorrow and catharsis. Tides of dissonance ebb to reveal glittering mirages of hope, which are just as soon swept away.
This post-punk band from Mexico City were one of Part Time Punks' favorite discoveries of 2018. CRUZ DE NAVAJAS borrow their sound heavily from the definitive era of 1980s goth. The Sisters of Mercy-esque basslines and said bands Doktor Avalanche drum sounds are a huge reference point but with an ardent female vocal replacing the deep resonance of Andrew Eldritch. The result is a mesmerizing fresh take on dark post-punk that just might find you dancing...
If you have listened to the Part Time Punks radio show on KXLU in the last five years, then of course you already know LEBANON HANOVER are one of PTP's favorite darkwave bands of the 21st century. Mixing menace and allure, interweaving sparse sequencer lines with angular guitar chops and seductive bass leads, these are the sounds of the New German Wave. For fans of "Garlands" era Cocteau Twins and their 4ad labelmates, Xmal Deutschland and Clan Of Xymox. Do NOT miss their long-awaited return to LA after 5 long years!!
"Like looking at a snowflake under a microscope; beautiful crystalline ice in exquisite contrast to the black void that lies beyond." (SECOND STILL, according to the venerable Lord Venom). For fans of Xmal Deutschland, Sad Lovers & Giants and of course Modern Eon (where the band name originates). TONITE we celebrate the vinyl release of the band's debut LP. One of PTP's favorite bands in the country right now! Come & see & hear why....
RITUAL VEIL is a sex beat death disco trinity. Consummating the darkness..lifting light..luring disco dollies to a life of vice.
This WILL sell out. It's just a question of how fast. So grab yer tix NOW.
HANTE. is a one woman dark synth project from Paris. Behind the synths, Hélène de Thoury is escaping the reality and facing her fears. Through her cold, synthetic and melancholic music, she reveals herself and offers deep emotions, mixing haunting darkwave and striking electronics. Her previous projects, PHOSPHOR and MINUIT MACHINE were big faves of PTP a few years back, so I'm over the moon she is finally coming to LA and playing!
BOX & THE TWINS -- aka one of PTP's absolute faves from a couple years back are finally coming and playing!!!! For fans of Lebanon Hanover, Chasms, Lycia, Drab Majesty and Seefeel..... Debuting new tracks from their forthcoming 2nd LP!!
MILLIKEN CHAMBER is the creative project of Anna Schmidt and Kevin Czarnik who gained some attention as one half of the project Forever Grey. A darkwave duo, reminiscent of 80s synth pop. Mood drenched electronics mixed alongside haunting and melancholic vocals. Icy and distinguishing synth leads with pounding bass lines to make you dance on a frozen lake in the dead of night.
DEPECHE MODE NITE returns to Part Time Punks...by popular demand! With Guest DJs Alex and Ray, who do the Annual Depeche Mode Convention (as well as AM/FM, Reflex, Club Planet Earth and Transistor)
So. Come spend a nite on the dance floor dedicated to tunes spanning the thirty year career of Depeche Mode (plus a healthy dose of synthpop and minimal synth tunes by DM's contemporaries & clones). And, of course, PTP photog Dylan aka D-M-A-X will be there with cut-out Dave Gahan for yer endless dancefloor photo ops.
As a musical act, XENO & OAKLANDER (Sean McBride and Liz Wendelbo) conflate a rich love of analog synths, melody, and mythology with eloquent nuance and a nod to the heritage they draw from. While that construct is the duo’s immediate kiss and crush, there’s a deeper importance to their collaboration which began in 2004. As evidenced in their debut Vigils (2004), McBride and Wendelbo’s artistic dynamic is more than just a mutual love for electronics but a contrast between architectural precision and painterly expression. From the film scores to the traditional albums they’ve recorded in their Brooklyn studio, they’ve both spurred and fostered the global synth wave revival through a commitment to analog-only production and performance as well as a strident respect for the medium. On their latest album 'Hypnos' and first for the Dais imprint, the duo leveraged the talents of visual artist and live sound engineer Egan Frantz to mix the album. It’s a touch that adds both punch and balance, allowing their inherent conceptual voices to converge into a collage with defined edges and warm, synapses of frequency and beat.
SRSQ (pronounced seer-skew) is the solo project of Kennedy Ashlyn (vocalist/keyboardist of Them Are Us Too). Creative voids aren’t filled, but rather holes left that push the edges of the present into new realms of consciousness. SRSQ’s pulse began after the death of Kennedy’s closest friend and TAUT collaborator Cash Askew, a casualty in the sudden and tragic Oakland Ghost Ship Fire of 2016. Driven by loss, SRSQ became the vehicle for Kennedy’s transformative process, exploring nuance, nostalgia, reflection, and reconciliation, manifesting in the aural landscape of 'Unreality,' her stunning debut on LA's remarkable Dais Records label.
CHASMS was formed in 2011 by Jess Labrador and Shannon Madden. Following 2016's 'On the Legs of Love Purified' and the recent "Divine Illusion" single, the band's latest LP for the Felte labe, 'The Mirage' pushes the band's ethereal sound into the murky depths of dub. Marking a sonic shift for the project, 'The Mirage' finds the duo trading in chaotic bursts of noise for understated minimalism that's still characteristically melancholic and potent with emotion. Labrador's drum production is as deft as ever with an expanded range of electronic samples and tape-delay-induced polyrhythms. Layered with Madden's persistently dubby bass, Labrador's sparse guitar and gliding soprano float above a labyrinth of hypnotic sequences. These dub-laced dirges signify growth within the band, heard in their command of repetition, space, and effects to build a pervasive mood that's often utterly heartbreaking.
Come spend the evening oscillating wildly to the songs that saved your life...aka your favourite tunes by Morrissey and The Smiths! With a healthy dash of Moz's inspirations and contemporaries (and even a few Smiths clones thrown in to see just how big of fan you really are...) Of course Cut Out Morrissey will be there courtesy of PTP photog, Dylan Gordon aka D-M-A-X, for all your endless dancefloor contortions and photo op demands...
[And since the next day is a holiday you don't even hafta call in sick to work or school!]
Five years in the planning....this is FINALLY happening...........SHE PAST AWAY comes to Lost Angeles!
This WILL sell out...and I expect it will happen FAST...so grab yr tix NOW!
Part Time Punks is proud to present the 1st-ever LA appearance of PINK TURNS BLUE, post-punk legends from Berlin, Germany. Formed in 1985, they quickly put out their first LP, If Two Worlds Kiss (1987) expressing a sound reminiscent of new wave with very dark undertones and use of synthesizers, only to become one of the pioneers of the developing subgenre of first darkwave (Meta 1988) then cold wave (Eremite 1990, Aerdt 1991). After many hits like "Michelle", "Walking on Both Sides", "Your Master Is Calling", "The First", "I Coldly Stare Out", "Touch the Skies", "Catholic Sunday", "Missing You", "If Two Worlds Kiss", "Moon" and "Seven Years", they split up in 1995. In 2003, they reformed to appear in a few festivals. Because of the success of the reunion, they released a Best Of album called Re-Union, in 2005 their studio album Phoenix and in 2017 “Ghost”. The latest Album is called “The AERDT – Untold Stories”
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