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…
Doom & gloom in deep and heavy signs of bloom. This is KING WOMAN. Listen deeply, listen loud. And pick up her incredible debut LP on Relapse, sure to make most of the lists for the Best albums of 2017!
One of PTP's favorite new bands last year are the stunning SILENCE IN THE SNOW. Existential beauty and ethereal dread to alter yer consciousness. For fans of Dead Can Dance and Siouxsie Sioux's more ethereal side...
PTP's annual My Bloody Valentine Nite returns...!!
Post-punk/Cold Wave trio SOVIET SOVIET were born in 2008 on the Adriatic coast of Pesaro, Italy by Alessandro Costantini (vocalist/guitarist), Andrea Giometti (lead vocalist/bassist) and Alessandro Ferri (drums). In 2009, they gained notoriety with a handful of self-released singles (including two EPs on Mannequin) and incessant touring in Europe. Felte's release of their new LP "Endless"" finds the band with a with a tighter ferocity and frenetic punchy sheen. Sounds that would have been right at home on either Factory or 4ad circa 1981-83 -- and now getting heavy rotation on the decks of the Part Time Punks radio show. PTP looks forward to welcoming them to The Echo stage for the first time since their live LA debut at PTP in 2013!
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.
DETH CRUX was born in Los Angeles, California during the winter of 2014, founded by Farron Loathing, Brian Sowell, Brandon Pierce, Adam Murray and Jason Watkins. Their music could be described as a mixture of post-punk and gothic death rock while never feeling rigidly confined to said genres. The band was formed from the desire to explore a different kind of darkness than it’s members had with their other bands ( Ancestors, Buried at Sea and Lightning Swords of Death). While their black metal and psych-doom vocabulary is utilized, a very different creature was given life and on the Halloween of 2015 DETH CRUX made available it’s first demo recording in the form of a four song cassette titled; “Pears of Anguish”. Candle lit live performances soon followed upon stages littered with trampled rose petals in fog choked venues within the Los Angeles area. In February of 2016, before recording their next offering to a dying world the band shall embark on a small tour, their first outing beyond their Southern Californian origin, to spread the message of chaos, death and ecstasy.
Legendary No Wave pioneers JAMES CHANCE & THE CONTORTIONS makes their first live appearance in LA since 1982!!!!!
YES this will sell out. It's just a question of how fast. So get yer live tix NOW. And contrort yourself.
COLLAPSING SCENERY is the meeting of two fertile and febrile minds, Don DeVore and Reggie Debris. Together they straddle the gap between the music, art, film and politics, seamlessly moving between each with the same ease at which they traverse the globe, soaking up experiences and immersing themselves in different cultures. Aesthetically it initially recalls the early pioneering synth-punk of bands such as Human League, Screamers and The Normal, when the most forwarding thinking punks looked to the twenty-first century. Dig deeper however and it reveals an articulate and highly politicised collection that’s far from mired being in nostalgia for the recent past.
Trapsps is a trio from Los Angeles California. The group engages in an economy of sound by refining it's songs into tight boundaries. Most songs are built on a foundation of drums and bass with guitar and vocals layered in on top. Touring has allowed the band to perform both abroad, in New Zealand, and domestic, the western half of the US. Recording, the band has produced two 7" records 1 12" and two digital EPs, with new full lengths and EPs on the way.
Haunted by the ghosts of The Cure, Killing Joke and Joy Division, THE SOFT KILL's sound is full of skittering single-note guitar runs, propulsive dirges and melodic art damage. IF you were among the 1500 or so who crammed into The Regent last fall for Part Time Punks when they opened for ChameleonsVox, or the 900+ who crammed into The Echoplex for either Clan Of Xymox or Modern English earlier this year then you already know they're also INCREDIBLE live....
Emerging from the murk and dirt of their Cardiff city home, CHAIN OF FLOWERS have revealed their long-awaited debut album. Recorded at Monnow Valley Studios in Wales, Chain Of Flowers is a dense eight-track opus of heavy shoegaze sonics and urgent post-punk. The band’s razor sharp attention to classic songwriting nous means the record dips and dives between euphoric, hazy melody (‘Glimmers Of Joy’) and overwhelming gloom (‘Bury My Love’), all whilst retaining a breathless pace. Lead track ‘Crisis’ epitomises this frantic personality exquisitely, skirting between sludgy atmospherics and hardcore’s punchy immediacy with aplomb.
Dreamy jangle with a darker postpunk underbelly. These are DRAA, from Phoenix, Arizona. And they love The Chameleons, Felt, The Smiths and the early Creation Records catalog at least as much as you do.
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...!
Don't miss SLEAFORD MODS' 1st-ever trip to the U.S. and 1st-ever LA show!! British hip-hop/punk act Sleaford Mods began in 2006 as the recording project of Nottingham vocalist and musician Jason Williamson. The initial seed of the band's aggressive, no-nonsense, blue-collar sound was worked out by Williamsonover the first couple of years both in the studio and at occasional gigs, where he would rap over prerecorded beats and samples. After relocating to London for a time, he returned to Nottingham, where he met Andrew Fearn, a veteran musician who was DJ'ing at the time. The two joined forces in 2010 with Fearn taking on most of the backing tracks, freeing up Williamson to further evolve as a vocalist and lyricist. Their first recorded collaboration was on the CD-R release Wank, which appeared in 2012. Their minimalist combination of either lo-fi drum machine beats or live drums, mixed with pounding bass guitar and Williamson's ranting wordplay, set the tone that would define the band's sound. A prominent festival appearance led to their signing with the abstract punk label Harbinger Sound, which released Sleaford Mods' 2013 album, Austerity Dogs, their first proper label release and first to receive widespread distribution. The album was critically well-received, and Sleaford Mods' reputation and profile were raised significantly as they toured the U.K. and Europe. Their follow-up album, Divide and Exit, was released in April 2014. That October, the previously digital-only singles collection Chubbed Up was given a physical release with three bonus tracks. The following month the duo capped off a triumphant 2014 with the Tiswas EP, which expanded on the Divide and Exit cut with previously unreleased tracks. They also collaborated with the Prodigy on the track "Ibiza" and began work on a new album. Key Markets, which took its name from a grocery store in Williamson's hometown of Grantham, was inspired by "the disorientation of modern existence" and arrived in July 2015. Sleaford Mods’ music is singular in the intensity of its anger, but also in the way it summons up the ghost of politically incensed music of the past – from punk to Public Enemy. At the same time, it highlights the absolute lack of similar feeling in contemporary pop. “I get ticked off with these twats walking around like they own the place with their fucking Fender Stratocasters or whatever, while the world’s turning to shit,” lead singer Jason Williamson says at one point. “Go and write a fucking decent song that says something about the state we’re in instead of buying into all this rock aristocracy bullshit. What the fuck’s all that about?”
CRASH COURSE IN SCIENCE (CCIS) has developed a completely unique sound some call tight ‘minimal synth electro techno body wave’. The band began when art school students Dale Feliciello, Mallory Yago and Michael Zodorozny became intrigued by punk music and performance art. They began to experiment with crude electronics and off beat writing, and the raw homemade electronic sounds they created became the vocabulary of the band’s music. CCIS released “Cakes in the Home” a seven inch vinyl single on Go Go Records in 1979, followed by the twelve inch “Signals From Pier Thirteen” in 1981. The latter contained the club hits “Cardboard Lamb” and “Flying Turns”.
"All Your Sisters take on the post-punk paradigm is decidedly non-retro. The basic building blocks are there; heavy drum machine 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." -Peek-A-Boo-Magazine
A Vancouver based dark wave/post punk duo backed by a drum machine, eerie guitar, repetition, et les paroles en franais. Koban has a minimalist sound that still maintains power and multiple dimensions. We have been described as "Stark, rapid, and cold" and compared to the likes of Joy Division, Blank Dogs, and Sonic Youth. Our influences range from bands like Shellac, for their heavy sound, subject matter and punk ethos, to bands like Deux, who have that minimalist 707 drum machine sound that we love.
"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).
Legendary UK indiepop pioneers THE PRIMITIVES' make their 1st LA appearance in over 23 years!
And YES this WILL sell out! And way way sooner than later! (With 200+ tix already sold, still 8 months away from the show, to give you an idea.)
CRUEL SUMMER offer a fuzzy bliss dream of shimmering guitars and hazy, fuzzy pop. Reminiscent of the mid to late 80's C86 and SARAH sound with a dash of 4AD's hazy early 90's catalogue. A nod to hours spent as a teenager in the late 80s digging through NME and Melody Maker issues to find out who the secret overseas DIY pop hit-makers were. Pick up their brill debut 12" in stunning die-cut sleeve, courtesy Mt.st.mtn and dream a little louder...
One of the best new jangly bands in LA, the engimatically named SUSAN return to PTP with their breathtaking 3-way harmonies and jangling guitars...and armed with an arsenal of a new LP's worth of tracks....can't wait!
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 Monday 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!)
ChameleonsVox are coming back to LA to play a special Part Time Punks show again this fall! And once again with their pals, The Soft Kill! You might remember that this one sold out THE REGENT months in advance last fall....so get yer tix NOW because there's NO doubt this one will sell out too!
Legendary UK band from the 1st wave of Goth sounds in England...THEATRE OF HATE...making their FIRST-EVER appearance in LA in this very special Monday-nite edition of Part Time Punks!!
This historic event WILL sell out...and I'm guessing probably MONTHS in advance. So IF you don't wanna miss it, scoop up yr tix NOW!
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