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 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.
New York post-punk BOOTBLACKS have been enthralling live audiences from the U.S. to Europe since their formation in 2010. Bootblacks sound is ably described as a balance of contradictions, pensive and buoyant, referential and modern. The followup to "Veins" set for release in early fall 2017 on Manic Depression records.
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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