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…
There have been rumblings for years amongst ardent fans about Versus working on a sci-fi concept album. One of the downright epochal bands of the urbane grime of the ‘90s indie scene, Versus had essentially disappeared from the public eye since releasing 2010’s On the Ones and Threes. Now, the apocrypha has been dispelled with the announcement of a new LP, Ex Voto, to be released in August. A discussion with the band’s frontman Richard Baluyut reveals allusions to science fiction and spirituality, equally arcane and universal. Versus have never sounded so comfortable with their strange, beautiful, and uncertain path. But are there second acts in 21st century dystopic dreams for a band that was, according to Sam Fogarino of Interpol, “all everyone talked about in 1997?” The answer is YES. Let’s revel in this sensational band’s return. In Versus’ latest act, clothed in science fiction and existential dilemma, redemption in this brave new world can be found in the sweetness of love. They may sneer cynically, but also care deeply.
The Asteroid No. 4 psychedelic shoegaze sounds powered through waves of feedback. So it only makes sense they are part of The Telescopes' label/project, The Committee To Keep Music Evil. For fans of Barrett-era Pink Floyd, Spacemen 3, and even The Verve (first LP, before the hard/bad drugs kicked in, natch.)
Fresh noise from Lost Angeles. THE FLASH HITS are now. Suturing angualr guitar stabs with seething bass lines and precision time signature shifts with alsmost math-like exactitude. These are songs for the heart-stabbed and heaving, the bitter, the hopeless (and fans of Unwound, Polvo and the acid-ier bits of the Elephant Six catalog).
Doors open at 5PM for this early show of sunny, summery dreampop.
Resolute in their sound, HATER is the perfect soundtrack for that summer romance and the inevitable break up. Heartbreak has never sounded so sweet! Hater’s powerful vulnerability and charm has seen them rise quickly through the ranks earning kudos from NPR (Austin 100), Stereogum (Best New Bands Of 2017), The Fader, BBC6 Music, BBC Radio 1 and more. Sprawling guitars chime whilst slow burning grooves and classic rock rhythms allow tender-hearted vocals to soar over intelligible dream pop. Effortless and assured, the Scandi quartet drift eloquently into well-structured and stunning melodies.
The Los Angeles-based ensemble SONODA suh-NO-duh) is the full band realization of Lisa Sonoda’s bedroom project. Lisa’s first solo release, Clearing (Never Anything Records, 2017), is a densely layered set of 18 songs— taking form amidst fluttering synthesizer textures and reverberant orchestration. The full live band expands on these songs with six members each shaping the blooming melodies and stereophonic wash that defines Sonoda. A live full-length album, 'Karaoke Life' is due out on Never Content Records in the fall of 2018.
Music handmade in Los Angeles, California.
Doors open at 9PM as darkness and darkwave descends upon The Echoplex...
Hailing from Italy, ASH CODE is the moniker for the meeting of Alessandro's sensivity and Claudia's taste. Their music describe a collage of darkwave, noise and electronic music with a solid drum machine. Dark ballads and obsessive beats, deep and melancholic synths, noise and distortions, arpeggiators and delays. Lights and shades. Dances of Death. Visions and theatricality. Coded ash.
ASTARI NITE crosses an obscure mix between gothic rock and post-punk, exploring themes of death, love and the occult.
Always melancholy, but somehow, there's always a little glimpse of hope to something higher. To a spirit world, a realm that is beyond human perception...that we can call on for guidance, protection, and for comfort in knowing this to get through life's darkest hours. Art can be prophetic. Death is not the end, and life is in deed precious. This is TEARFUL MOON.
NOTE: DOORS OPEN AT 9PM FOR THIS SHOW.
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”
Amongst the smoke-filled basements of the Berlin underground lurks the dark punk quartet Totenwald. Created in 2014 by bassist Sergej Pride, vocalist Trish Tank, and guitarist Janis K., Totenwald exists as an anomaly in their scene; more inspired by the early 80s roots of Berlin’s anarchist punk and Neue Deutsche Welle sound rather than more typical punk and hardcore tropes, the band utilizes the cold dynamics of a drum computer as the backbeat for their driving sound.
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.
During 1979-1990 in Los Angeles, 45 GRAVE was born in the chaos of the Punk movement and churned out their own brand of Ghoul Rock. In the beginning, the original lineup consisted of:
The 45 GRAVE song "Partytime (Zombie Version)" made it onto themovie sound track for RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD. Partytime made full rotation on MTV (1984) and the song, "Evil", debut on MTV's The Cutting Edge in 1985. Appearing on many a teenagers wall or locker, Dinah was slated as 'The Queen of Punk and Deathrock' by many fan rags, and became the ultimate horror punk pinup girl. Touring the U.S., they grew up with and shared the stage with artists like The Damned, Specimen, The Misfits, The Cramps, and Black Flag.
45 GRAVE is back, lead by the original cemetery girl herself, DINAH CANCER, on vocals, with a collection of Punk, Metal, and Death, the original songs of 45 GRAVE with a new lineup. With songs like Partytime, Bad Love, Evil, Concerned Citizen and more, this will be the closest to 45 GRAVE that fans will see in their lifetime. Giving the fans what they wanted one hour of the songs that they love and grew up with. According to Dinah, "I'm building this to keep the spirit of 45 GRAVE alive, introduce its magic to new fans, and as a personal commemorative of my bestmemories being the driving force and front person of 45 GRAVE. This is a part of my life that indeed changed me forever. Will it change yours?"
Classic LA deathrock goth outfit KOMMUNITY FK return to Lost Angeles for a rare live show to celebrate their 40th anniversary of blasphemous existence! KOMMUNITY FK was created by Patrik Mata in 1978 in the midst of the LA punk explosion. Patrik's new musical genre became a cross between post punk against a darker gloom that became the genesis of American gothik/deathrock. Kommunity FK's beginnings were raw. Mata's influences of William S. Burroughs, Jean Cocteau, Salvador Dali, and early Bowie were woven through a dreamy musical side combined with experimental synthesized art punk. Mata's visionary soundscapes were all his own. The original pronunciation of Mata's new creation was "Kommunity Fuck". Very daring for the time when the later part of the band name was the top word of what was then known as the FCC's 'seven words not to be uttered' list. Changed by Mata to "Kommunity FK" so promoters back in the day had no problem placing the headliners name on their marquees. The FK has stuck throughout the decades ever since the bands live performance inception. Kommunity FK performs internationally and releases new material in the same tradition as they always have since 1978 with a 21st Century Deathrock twist... ~We Will Not Fall~
Post-punk legends CHAMELEONSVOX return to Part Time Punks -- and this time with the full line-up of THEATRE OF HATE -- plus a special opening acoustic set by JAY ASTON from GENE LOVES JEZEBEL! ChameleonsVox shows always sell out fast -- and they haven't been here since 2017 -- so grab yr adv tix fast!!
Legendary British shoegazing pioneers SEEFEEL make their 1st-ever appearance in Los Angeles with the full 7-piece band -- playing tracks from their groundbreaking 'Quique' LP from 1993 PLUS other classic tracks!!!!!!!
In the heady days of the early 1990s, a wave of intrepid young bands made some unexpected connections between their post-punk approach to music, the exultant electronic reverberations from the early days of Acid House and the sonic sculptures crafted by classic producers like Phil Spector. As these sounds coalesced, Spector’s vaunted “Wall Of Sound” would be a handy touchstone for the immersive latticework of distortion and melody that would be off-handedly labeled later as “Shoegaze”.
Even amongst a quasi-movement as loosely defined and musically divergent as this, Seefeel emerged as the black sheep. Conceived by Mark Clifford and Sarah Peacock, Seefeel immediately amalgamated electronics in ways most of their peers in traditional bands would never dream of, these sounds fused deeply with guitar, drums and bass into urgent melodic waves that on early releases like Quique and Succour oscillated between hopefulness, introspection and downright menace. As Warp co-founder Steve Beckett says, “Seefeel were the first band that Warp signed who had guitars – they were brave to sign to us because they became the ‘older siblings’ in the family and took all the flak by breaking the unwritten rules of an (up until then) purely dance label. After 1995’s ‘Succour’ they stopped performing live, but we always kept in touch and then for the first Warp20 show in Paris we asked if they would play.”
The immediate result of their live reformation in Paris was the single “Faults”, the band’s ranks now including bassist Shigeru Ishihara and former Boredoms drummer Iida Kazuhisa (aka E-Da). Their first release since 1996’s (CH-VOX), "Faults" proved to be a clear and welcome progression for a group that had never been predictable. Drawing on everything from gamelan and krautrock to the fringes of underground bass music, Seefeel's new material has been met with a resounding “welcome back” and an instant affinity with new peers such as Gang Gang Dance, HEALTH, Battles and Salem.
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.
BODY/NEGATIVE transforms the world into a bedroom with her debut EP, Epoche. The LA-based solo artist plays with texture, delay, and converging vocals to create an amalgam of sounds that transport the listener into a universe of both familiarity and mystery. From crackling vinyl to soothing rainfall, the artist interweaves a myriad of sounds to blanket the entire album in a familiar feeling of comfortable sadness.
NOTE: THIS WILL, WITHOUT A DOUBT, SELL OUT, SO GRAB YER TIX SOONER THAN LATER FOLKS!!
Part Time Punks is over the moon to welcome THE OCEAN BLUE back to The Echoplex stage -- and this time around to celebrate the release of their stunning new record!!!!
This WILL without a doubt sell out, so get yer tix NOW!
MORE tix available as we get closer to the nite of the show! Stay tuned!
MORE tix available as we get closer to the nite of the show! Stay tuned!
Part Time Punks devotes a nite to all goth sounds. So expect to hear & dance to these dark sounds: Joy Division, Bauhaus, The Birthday Party, The Cure, The Chameleons, Clan Of Xymox, Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance, Sisters Of Mercy, Siouxsie & The Banshee, Xmal Deutschland, Virgin Prunes, Sex Gang Children, Skeletal Family, Killing Joke, Specimen, The Cult, The Danse Society, Alien Sex Fiend, And Also The Trees, Sad Lovers & Giants, The Mission, Fields Of The Nephilim, Siglo XX, Rema-Rema, In Camera, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, Strawberry Switchblade, All About Eve, 45 Grave, Christian Death, Theatre Of Hate, UK Decay, Mass, Mephisto Walz, Gene Loves Jezebel, Legendary Pink Dots, Tones On Tail, Love & Rockets, The Damned and of course some 'Black Celebration'-era Depeche Mode (among others)...
Part Time Punks returns to The Moroccan in DTLA again this year its Annual New Year's Eve Party (after it's beyond sold out appearance last year) -- once again with Guest DJ Jose Maldonado from Sweet and Tender Hooligans!. So spend yer NYE dancing to a sing-along mix of indie 80s, 90s, Britpop, Bowie, Glam, Morrissey, The Smiths, Post-Punk, New Order, Joy Division, The Cure and Iggy, the Velvets and Blur and Pulp and Suede and The Clash and more...! (Like Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, The Pixies, The Pale Saints, Ride, My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins, Spiritualized, Sonic Youth, Smashing Pumpkins, Bjork, PJ Harvey, Pulp, Radiohead, Blur, Oasis, and oh so much more... And of course NO work and NO school the next day means you all can stay out late and dancedancedance...
This sells out EVERY YEAR so grab yer adv tix NOW!
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