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PART TIME PUNKS takes place at The Echo on 1822 Sunset in Los Angeles, every Sunday night.

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…


  • 05.27 SMITHS/MORRISSEY NITE with Guest DJ Jose Maldonado (from Sweet & Tender Hooligans)

    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!]

    Get adv tix.

  • 06.03 LIE' + THE TISSUES + EGRETS ON ERGOT + HAUNTED HORSES

    Part Time Punks presents a nite of some of the best new dark post-punk sounds on this continent...

    Listen to LIE'.

    Listen to THE TISSUES.

    Listen to EGRETS ON ERGOT.

    Listen to HAUNTED HORSES.

  • 06.10 THE GOON SAX + PATIENCE [ex-Veronica Falls] + FRENCH VANILLA + LUNCH LADY

    THE GOON SAX are James Harrison, Louis Forster and Riley Jones from Brisbane, Australia. Still in high school when they made their first album Up To Anything in 2016, their brand of awkwardly transcendent teenage guitar pop took them into end of year lists for BBC6, Billboard and Rough Trade, and earned them raves from the Guardian, Pitchfork, Spin, Uncut, Rolling Stone and elsewhere. According to Metacritic, Up To Anything was the 8th best-reviewed debut album anywhere in the world in 2016.  Their upcoming album We’re Not Talking shows how much can change between the ages of 17 and 19. It’s a record that takes the enthusiasms of youth and twists them into darker, more sophisticated shapes.  Strings, horns, even castanets sneak their way onto the album, but We’re Not Talking isn’t glossy throwaway pop. Sounds stick out at surprising angles, cow-bells become lead instruments and brief home-recorded fragments appear unexpectedly. This is a record made by restless artists, defying expectations as if hardly noticing, and its complexity makes We’re Not Talking even more of a marvel.

    Listen to THE GOON SAX.

    PATIENCE – aka songwriter Roxanne Clifford from VERONICA FALLS – may have begun as a solo refuge from the Manchester-born, LA-Resident’s band duties but White Of An Eye, her 3rd single, is a fully formed, dancing-with-a tear-in-your-eye, confident Pop Moment. The attempt at shedding memories to embrace the present, an ode to the moment. Like her previous two singles The Church and The Pressure, Lewis Cook of Happy Meals engineers Clifford’s vision to Jacno-esque synth pop perfection. Blooming with a tentative synth cadence and nonchalant spoken word introduction, White Of An Eye soon erupts into perfect disco melancholy, with Clifford’s imagery perfectly nailing that nagging regret that haunts every new adventure. With the first appearance of a guitar hook in a Patience song, it’s a classic pop moment enunciated perfectly by Clifford’s instantly recognizable vocal. 

    Listen to PATIENCE.

    FRENCH VANILLA are one of PTP's favorite new LA bands of recent years. Channelling off-kilter rhythms and angular guitarwork of classic Rough Trade sounds with dissonant shards of punctuation, this band is for all you  fans of Delta 5, Mo-Dettes, Mika Miko, Kleenex/Liliput (and of course Kim's songs with Sonic Youth).

    Listen to FRENCH VANILLA.

    Cal-punk four piece, LUNCH LADY, is the sum of its many parts. In the past, members Rachel Birke (27), Victor Herrera (32), Juan Velasquez (32), and Robert Wolfe (29), performed in celebrated DIY bands like Abe Vigoda, Heller Keller, Roses, and Stephanie, amassing individual cult followings with each respective project. In the summer of 2016, long time friends and collaborators, Birke and Velasquez dreamt of a band that married their mutual love of Southern California punk acts like X and Suburban Lawns with their fascination American Kitsch. After continuing to talk about it over a number of weeks, the pair decided to make the fictional band in their mind a reality and enlisted their friends from the scene, percussionist Robert Wolfe and bass player Victor Herrera, for the rhythm section. Once assembled, the four members tossed around a few names before landing on Lunch Lady, a name Birke suggested, given the campy American nostalgia that hit all of your senses after hearing it said out loud. 

    Listen to LUNCH LADY.

    Get adv tix.

  • 06.17 ZANIAS + HUMAN TOYS + DIN

    Part Time Punks is proud to welcome ZANIAS to The Echoplex stage. Zanias was born in Australia, raised in South-East Asia and now resides in Berlin. She was once known as the voice of the bands Linea Aspera and Keluar, and now performs and DJs as a solo artist.

    Listen to ZANIAS.

    HUMAN TOYS is a collision of raw rock'n roll sound and electronic beats.
Poupée Mecanik (vocals, theremin) has a penchant for playing with female archetypes : subversion is the name of the game, flavored with a generous dose of irony.
New guitarist Jon Von adds the punk energy of the Rip Offs ; the band has never been so wild !
 Meanwhile, Florian Cité is perfecting the synthetic rhythm section.  

    Listen to HUMAN TOYS. 

    For years now, Greg and Josie Vand have been ceaselessly labouring in Los Angeles' underground punk and art scenes. As DIN, they come together with a focus and precision that is palpable, compelling you to lose yourself while they mock a certain type of darkness. With an honest nod to the minimal/dark-wave originators, their partnership of rhythm and vocals constructs a hallway of mirrors you want to get lost in. Yet Din also proclaim a contemporary cyborg nihilism, strong enough to decalcify any Xymox ossification. In the end, we all can't help but dance.

    Listen to DIN.

  • 06.22 WRECKLESS ERIC @ LaCita for PUNKY REGGAE PARTY's 12-year Anniversary!
  • 06.24 JUNIORE' + SONODA + AUTOMATIC

    JUNIORE plays a time-lag between the nostalgia of an era never known – that of scopitones, two-stroke engines and journeys on the moon – and a contemporary world, at Tarantino, populated by stories of girls, ghosts, cities and cars. We hear ultra reverberated guitars that respond to harmonies full of spleen and rhythms. [Translated from the French -- so excusez moi.]

    Listen to JUNIORE.

    SONODA is the full-band realization of Lisa Sonoda's solo bedroom project. The songs on Clearing (released in 2017 via Never Anything Records) are reveries for the heartbroken— reverberant lullabies about memories, the stars, loneliness and goodbyes. In Sonoda, the songs are embodied by Lisa's ethereal voice— simultaneously haunting and enchanting— nestled in a stereophonic dream landscape of fluttering guitars, blooming synthesizer textures, and lush casio organ overtones.

    Listen to SONODA. 

    AUTOMATIC is a 3 piece band started in 2017 by Lola, Halle and Izzy based in Los Angeles CA. Their minimal sound created with drums, bass and synth are reminiscent of a postindustrial Berlin lullaby with a nod to post punk and the avant-garde; taking influence from bands such as Suicide, Kraftwerk and Nice as Fuck. They have one release on Suicide tapes (LA).

    Listen to AUTOMATIC.

  • 07.01 NO PTP JULY 1ST -- BC DAVID BOWIE NITE IS JULY 3RD!
  • 07.03 DAVID BOWIE NITE with Guest DJ Jose Maldonado -- and YES this is a TUESDAY NITE!

    Part Time Punks devotes an entire evening to the 40+ years of David Bowie's brilliant back catalogue... From psychedelic folk to glitter and glam, from funk to soul and the thin white duke. From Ziggy to Iggy to Eno to Fripp to Bolan to Lennon to Jagger and Lou and Andy and Freddy (Mercury) and even Nicholas Roeg and David Lynch...all the best of Bowie's collaborations will get a spin, too, not to mention his glam contemporaries and post-punk disciples...  

    We are doing this special Tuesday nite edition of PTP this summer because Tuesday is a holiday, which means no work, no school and ALL play...you can ALL come out & dance 'til 2am (and still hit all the BBQs the next day!)

    Get adv tix.

  • 07.08 DARK 80s NITE with Guest DJ Xian Vox [LADEAD]

    A new 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!!!

  • 07.15 MARTIN BISI [Swans/Sonic Youth] + FACS [ex-DISAPPEARS] + SEX PARK + ESSES

    At BC Studio -- a recording studio he founded in 1981 with the help of Brian Eno -- MARTIN BISI has realized albums by Sonic Youth, Swans, John Zorn, Africa Bambaataa, Unsane, Cop Shoot Cop, Herbie Hancock's Rockit, White Hills (Thrill Jockey), Serena Maneesh, Violent Femmes, Foetus, Pop 1280 (Sacred Bones), Fred Frith, Wrekmeister Harmonies (Thrill Jockey), US Maple, The Dresden Dolls, Boredoms, Boss Hog, and countless others.  Martin Bisi's live band covers post-rock/punk and Industrial territory, intermixed with ambient soundscapes. And this will be his 1st LA appearance. Read more via Pitchfork's recent rave here: https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/various-artists-bc35-the-35-year-anniversary-of-bc-studio/

    Listen to MARTIN BISI.

    FACS sprung from the ashes of Chicago band Disappears in early 2017. Initially formed around Disappears members Brian Case, Noah Leger and Jonathan van Herik, the band now counts Alianna Kalaba (Cat Power, We Raggazi) as a member following van Herik's amicable departure. FACS play stark post-punk from a rhythmic and abstract perspective, using minimalism and space to make modern art rock. The bands debut album "Negative Houses” was recorded at Electrical Audio by Grammy award-winning producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, War on Drugs, Roots) & will be released by Trouble In Mind records in March, 2018.

    Listen to FACS.

    SEX PARK is a synthwave duo from Portland, Oregon comprised of Daniel Blumenthal and Paul Burkhart. After recording a self-titled cassette ep in Winter 2016, they went on to play a series of high-profile local shows and festivals in the PNW. Working with Denver-based label Vacant Decade, their debut album, ATRIUM, features the singles “Dignity” and “Rhyme or Reason,” which are accompanied by surreal videos produced by Neu Caligula. Sex Park draws inspiration from a diverse array of music, from Factory Records and Mute bands of the 80’s and 90’s to modern trap and dance music. In Winter 2018, Sex Park added guitarist Colin Buckley to expand their live show.

    Listen to SEX PARK.

    ESSES is an Oakland, CA post-punk/darkwave band which was formed in 2014. Their music has a wall of sound all their own with elements of punk, deathrock, doom, and noise to create a soundscape that is both intense and intimate. The group's members tap easily into the underground music and art aesthetic that has come to define the San Francisco Bay Area music scene. 

    Listen to ESSES.

  • 07.29 AIRIEL + TOPOGRAPHIES
  • 08.05 PLANNING FOR BURIAL + DROWSE + DEVOURED BY FLOWERS

    For over a decade, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania-based musician Thom Wasluck has been unleashing his signature gloomy dirges under the name PLANNING FOR BURIAL at a nearly relentless pace. He now has three full-length albums under his belt (most notably 2017's monumental Below the House) as well as numerous EPs and splits. Wasluck writes and records everything himself and has toured extensively as a one-man band, playing hundreds of shows over the years. Both incredibly loud and intimate, Planning For Burial performs with an unrivaled passion and funereal grace that is equally at home in basements and concert halls.

    Listen to PLANNING FOR BURIAL.

    DROWSE is a peek inside the mind of Kyle Bates, the band’s only full time member. After a severe mental breakdown, Kyle Bates of Portland OR's Drowse was prescribed a plethora of antipsychotic drugs to subdue his paranoia and suicidal ideation. Several unmedicated years later Bates’ anxiety began to resurface, and he turned to Klonopin and alcohol to blanket the intrusive thoughts. It was during this time that Bates wrote and recorded Drowse's second full-length album, Cold Air. The shimmering dissonance with hints of slowcore, noise-pop, ambient and shoegaze that characterizes Cold Air will appeal to fans of Mount Eerie, Grouper, Planning for Burial, and Have a Nice Life. Many of these songs feature vocals from the band’s creative partner Maya Stoner. Drowse is a complex and layered project set apart by its raw ambition.

    Listen to DROWSE.

    DEVOURED BY FLOWERS is a Psychedelic Dreampop Music group based in Portland, Oregon. They employ deep, elegant male vocals, and a mix of electric and acoustic guitars set to entrancing rhythms that unfold into lush songscapes and passionate lyrical themes. They recently released their first full length album one year after The Luminescent EPMoonscape Hotel is a beautiful follow-up release with an epic sound akin to Echo and the Bunnymen, The Sound, The Chameleons, and perfect to daydream to.

    Listen to DEVOURED BY FLOWERS.

  • 08.12 SALLY DIGE + PANDA RIOT + IRIS

    Part Time Punks presents a nite of ethereal sounds, blending shoegaze with dark synth sounds...

    SALLY DIGE ("Dee-Ah") is a Danish-Canadian multidisciplinary-audiovisual artist based in Berlin. Her approach to analogueprocessed visuals, catchy pop driven tracks and presence in the art world has made her a unique talent in the total creative world. 

    Listen to SALLY DIGE.

    Inspired by the dreamy underwater imagery of their collaborative short film, Dolphins and Porpoises, Rebecca Scott (vocals, keys) and Brian Cook (drum machine, guitar) formed the equally dreamy indie pop group PANDA RIOT in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania circa 2005. The band's buzzy guitar riffs, gossamer vocals, and swaths of synthesized distortion (the duo filtered their keyboards through a death metal pedal) gave a nod to early-'90s acts like Tender Trapthe Softies, and My Bloody Valentine. Their newest (double) album, breaks all new ground in terms of dreamy melodies, textures and layers and is one of PTP's favorites of the year.

    Listen to PANDA RIOT.

    The revival of Toronto band, IRIS, comes with a new beginning and a new EP. There are traces of their deconstructive melancholic spirit that we came to know earlier but they have since suspended themselves deeper into the shoegaze genre and into a more experimental sound with their transformative power of guitar music. Their talent shines throughout all four songs, with piercing and interwoven melodies, swirling guitars, and a distortion that bleeds raw emotion. Iris is a flawlessly constructed soundscape and an EP so devastatingly divine that it is impossible to listen to just one song.

    Listen to IRIS.

  • 08.19 80s MIXTAPE NITE with Guest DJs Alex & Ray (from Smiths & Depeche Mode Conventions)

    Part Time Punks devotes by an evening to the coolest of indie & underground dance floor sounds of the 1980s. What to expect? Why, lots of sounds from PTP stalwarts, The Smiths, New Order, The Cure, Depeche Mode, David Bowie, Bauhaus, Siouxie & The Banshees, Sisters Of Mercy, Nitzer Ebb, The Normal, Jesus & Mary Chain, Echo & The Bunnymen and The Chameleons...

    PLUS a whole slew of sounds from labels like Factory, 4ad, Mute and Rough Trade. AND, of course, some of your very favorite guilty pleasures by the likes of OMD, Human League, Ultravox, Tears For Fears, Psychedelic Furs, Pet Shop Boys, Flock Of Seagulls, Berlin, Bronski Beat, Bow Wow Wow, Adam Ant, Sinead O'Connor, Kate Bush and John Peel only knows what else...

    With PTP's good friends and regular collaborators, Guest DJs Alex Luevano and Ray DeVries (who host the annual Depeche Mode and Smiths Conventions here in LA).

    For fans of MTV's rule & groundbreaking program 120 MINUTES and classic "alternative music" of the 1980s...!

  • 09.09 13TH CHIME + tba

    Legendary UK goth outfit 13TH CHIME play their 1st-ever LA gig!

    This will sell out, without a doubt! Tix on sale SOON...

    Listen to 13TH CHIME.

  • 09.16 RUBELLA BALLET + READERSHIP HOSTILE

    RUBELLA BALLET formed in 1979 by Sidation (Flux of Pink Indians), Zillah Minx, Pete Fender & Gem Stone (Fatal Microbes) at the Crass gig at Conway Hall where Crass invited the audience to use their equipment and finish off the evening doing their own thing as they wanted and left the crowd in charge. So Sid being 6” 9 inches tall and at the front of the stage climbed up with Zillah and jumped on Penny’s drum kit, Zillah grabbing Steve’s mic, Pete & Gem jumping straight up and taking the bass and guitar, plugged in and started playing. Sounding like rather organised chaos this was the start of a very colourful part of what was and is the British anarcho punk scene. 

    Listen to RUBELLA BALLET.

    RUBELLA BALLET formed in 1979 by Sidation (Flux of Pink Indians), Zillah Minx, Pete Fender & Gem Stone (Fatal Microbes) at the Crass gig at Conway Hall where Crass invited the audience to use their equipment and finish off the evening doing their own thing as they wanted and left the crowd in charge. So Sid being 6” 9 inches tall and at the front of the stage climbed up with Zillah and jumped on Penny’s drum kit, Zillah grabbing Steve’s mic, Pete & Gem jumping straight up and taking the bass and guitar, plugged in and started playing. Sounding like rather organised chaos this was the start of a very colourful part of what was and is the British anarcho punk scene. 

    Listen to RUBELLA BALLET.

    READERSHIP HOSTILE is a cathartic collision of deathrock, goth, early punk and contemporary psych propelled by aneffervescent, force-of-nature frontwoman. Darkly ornate yet visceral, the band ambushed its native Los Angeles with a string of startling performances in 2013, before bottling its organic on-stage aura into a brutally beautiful debut EP.   

    Listen to READERSHIP HOSTILE.

    Don't miss RUBELLA BALLET's 1st LA show since 1986!

    This will sell out. No question about it. 

  • 09.30 TRISOMIE 21 + SOFT KILL + ACTORS

 

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