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…
Led by vocalist and songwriter Xavier Paradis. AUTOMELODI have long garnered a cult underground following with his solo minimal synth project since releasing their debut LP on Wierd Records in 2006. Like labelmates Led Er Est and Frank(just Frank), Automelodi combines guitars with synthesizers and drum machines, drawing from a mixed palette of minimal electronic sounds.
SSLEEPING DESIRESS stretches the boundaries between minimal synth, coldwave, and electro with lyrical themes spanning gentrification to coping with loss. Singer/songwriter Gabriel Ramos describes it thus: "My visions of songs usually end up as a clunky homage to late 70s punk rock, a marriage of dub and krautrock repetition and cavernous space.”
Sharing their namesake with a song by predecessor noise pop group The Lilys, TENNIS SYSTEM are keeping the legacies of Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, and the Jesus and Mary Chain alive with their expansive, catchy-as-hell pop songs. Matty Taylor and and co. are masters of loud and dirty anthems, but rising above the noise that blankets them are Taylor's beautifully sung, dreamy lyrics inspired by both love and art, from the drawings of Egon Schiele to the writing of Aldous Huxley.
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.
"Swirling guitars... layers of noise... drugged out soft male and female vocals going back and forth... sounding like part love, part death, part hope, part sadness. It's as if they've turned their instruments into liquid and poured them into your ears." (From the FLEETING JOYS Bandcamp.)
WAR BABY is a heavy power trio from Vancouver, Canada (Namecheck Husker Du here btw.). The group is comprised of two Albertans, songwriting kindred spirits Brock Allen (vocals, bass), Jon Redditt (vocals, guitar) and Australian born drum savant Kirby Fisher (drums, vocals). The group’s RIYL (which runs the gamut of alternative, proto-punk and noise rock greats) is both relevant but also limited as they always stir their influences professionally.
Finally! A nite strictly devoted to the best dark sounds of the 1990s. So. Come spend yer evening on the dancefloor to the sounds of Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, Skinny Puppy, Severed Heads, Front Line Assembly, Front 242, Nitzer Ebb, The Prodigy, Clan Of Xymox, Sisters Of Mercy, Fields Of The Nephilim, Xmal Deutschland, London After Midnight, The Wake [US], Rosetta Stone, Alien Sex Fiend, Marilyn Manson, Type O Negative, Him, Die Krupps, VNV Nation, White Zombie, Paradise Lost, Leather Strip, Fear Factory, Laibach, Love Like Blood, Lycia, Pink Turns Blue, Mephisto Walz, Shadow Project, Suicide Commando, KMFDM, Wolfshiem, Camouflage and of course the too-oft overlooked 90s output by The Cure, Depeche Mode, Siouxsie & The Banshees and Love & Rockets....
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.
THE PROFESSIONALS are of course the UK punk band active from 1979-1982 -- formed by ex-SEX PISTOLS guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook after the infamous implosion of the Pistols. In March 2017 the band announced via their official Facebook page that the lineup of founding member Paul Cook along with Paul Myers and Tom Spencer would be releasing the first new music under the Professionals name in 35 years. Although Steve Jones isn't officially listed as a member of this new incarnation of the group, the band confirmed it is with his full blessing and that he is featured on the album alongside other guests including Marco Pironi (from ADAM & THE ANTS) and Billy Duffy (from THE CULT)!!
Released in September of 1979, THE RUTS' one and only studio album ‘The Crack’ was an extraordinary statement of intent. As the energy and attitude of punks first wave started to dissipate, here was a band that exploded onto the scene with everything to offer. ‘The Crack’ had it all. Twelve power-packed songs brimming with invention and energy, it featured an extraordinary run of hit singles – ‘Babylon’s Burning’, ‘Something That I Said’ and ‘Jah War’ – alongside some of the best adrenalized rock music to emerge in the decade’s closing. Malcolm Owen’s snarling yet soulful vocals, Paul Fox’s soaring guitar and the incredible rhythm pairing of bassist John Jennings and drummer Dave Ruffy came together in perfect harmony to create an album that is as relevant and important now as it was then. Henry Rollins isn’t alone in his opinion when he frequently refers to The Crack as the “best album ever made”. The Ruts (now Ruts DC) have always been intent on creating fresh music, constantly striving to move forward. When the band returned to the studio in 2008 to record ‘Rhythm Collision 2’ the follow-up to the 1982 dub-masterpiece, they hit the road and began the daunting task of crafting the first new Ruts DC songs since the early 80s, resulting in the release of 2016’s exceptional ‘Music Must Destroy’ album. It featured ten new songs of prime Ruts energy and song-writing suss, proving just how well the Jennings/Ruffy partnership had endured, alongside new guitarist Leigh Heggarty. As this show marks the band's 1st-EVER LA show, it will not only feature their 'The Crack' masterpiece but also tracks from 'Music Must Destroy', 'Grin & Bear It', 'Animal Now' and maybe even a brand new tune...
AVALANCHE PARTY is feral garage-punk from the wild North Yorkshire Moors, hopped up on adrenalin and amphetamines. Their sound is intense and immediate, so new yet so familiar and brimming with an urgency that explodes off the stage like the front lines of a war you didn’t even realise was being fought. Every note played through white knuckles, every word spat through gritted teeth. The beats blast like cannons while the guitars stampede like spooked stallions surging ever onward, snorting, snarling and tearing apart everything in their path.
Just announced this last Friday and it's already almost sold out!!!!!
Grab tix in the next couple days because it will definitely sell out by the end of this week!!
Yes yes YES -- a very literal dream come true here, gang!!! Part Time Punks presents the return of proto-gaze pioneers HOUSE OF LOVE to Los Angeles -- their first live show since 1993!!!!!!!!! This WILL SELL OUT -- so grab tix while you can!!!
Part Time Punks is proud to bring one of its favorite alltime shoegaze bands to The Echoplex stage -- AIRIEL -- for their 1st LA gig in decades. Their long-awaited 2nd LP, "Molten Young Lovers" released last year on Shelflife Records was featured on Part Time Punks Best of 2017, but PTP's love for the band dates all the way back to 1997, when the band first started. So this show means a lot to PTP (and ME!!)
Los Angeles-based art-rock-tinged slow-core trio GOLD CAGE combine dreamy guitar loops, delicate, dueling vocals, and slow, driving tempos to create spacious arrangements that shimmer with atmosphere. Their debut album 'Social Crutch' is warmed with tape saturation and an exercise in measured minimalism, with every tone carefully sculpted to fill the vast space of each track. Shoegaze, reverb-drenched guitars evoke Galaxie 500, Yo La Tengo, Deerhunter and even Rowland S. Howard. The album is released March 27th on Felte Records.
Best known of course for their hit single "I Melt With You," MODERN ENGLISH were formed in Colchester, Essex, England, in 1977 by Robbie Grey (Vocals), Gary McDowell (Guitar) and Michael Conroy (Bass). Originally known as the Lepers, the band made their name in the burgeoning punk scene where they would get together exclusively to play at parties, until they were picked up by 4AD. Richard Brown (Drums) and Stephen Walker (Keyboards) were subsequently added to the line-up of the band. A debut single, "Drowning Man" was released in 1980 on the Limp Records label. The band's debut full-length; "Mesh & Lace", released by 4AD a year later, it drew heavily on the gloomy post-punk sound already patented by bands such as Joy Division. Back in 2016 they performed that album in its entirety for a beyond sold-out Echoplex crowd. NOW they return to play their breakout/breakthrough 2nd LP which of course features "I Melt With You" -- which single-handedly broke the band to US audiences. But the rest of the LP is as jaw-dropping as the first. Equal parts goth and post-punk, most of these songs have not been performed live for DECADES.
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".
WARSAW PACT was founded during the summer of 2017 by Ivan Delint in Los Angeles, California. Influenced by modern Dark-Wave and drawing deeply from Post-Punk Revival, Warsaw Pact creates a ‘dance-punk meets dark-wave’ sound that cannot be found anywhere else. The project began as Delint's solo effort but has since began forming a new band around his solo material. The band is now active in the LA/OC area as of January 2018.
SHE PAST AWAY returns to Lost Angeles! Their 1st-ever LA show at The Echoplex for PTP sold out in less than a week -- so grab yer tix fast because this will do the same! SHE PAST AWAY is dark-wave with a reworked 80’s sound. Signature guitar sound of the post-punk era, combined with minimalist poetry in Turkish. Often an outburst of sentimental anxiety through the nihilistic mind-frame, it is personal. Yet it is broad, a wondering mind brave enough to question taboo and existence. She Past Away is driving, it is mesmerizing. It is a haunt.
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