Death Valley Girls

Death Valley Girls

Egrets on Ergot, Girl Tears, The Vivids

Thu, December 13, 2018

8:00 pm

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

Death Valley Girls
'It's easy to mistake Death Valley Girls for a biker gang. The opening riff for "No Reason," from Street Venom basically sounds like Larry plugged his guitar straight into a hornet hive and then kicked it. When the rhythm section kicks in it gives the song a sinister rumble that would make Link Wray proud. Bonnie's snotty, bratty vocal sneer cements their sound with old-school girl-gang attitude.'
Egrets on Ergot
Post-punk, Deathrock, Experimental from Los Angeles, CA
Girl Tears
Girl Tears are a punk trio from Los Angeles, California. Kam Andresen, Tristan Ellis and Sal Gabriel formed the band in the fall of 2013 and have been reshaping the contemporary LA punk scene ever since. Their debut album "Tension" was written in a week and recorded with Wyatt Blair and Jeremy Katz at Lolipop Studios in 3 hours. The songs on "Tension", which clock in at a minute or less apiece, cover themes ranging from disillusionment, love, the frailty of life, and loss. Although together for less than a year, the band has already played showcases alongside Coachwhips, The Coathangers and Together Pangea and scored opening slots for Terry Malts, Upset and Planes Mistaken For Stars.
The Vivids
The Vivids
The Vivids, composed of lead singer/guitarist Sim Jackson, live aspects Jonny Yela (bass) and Gustov Mentzer (drums) formed in Long Beach, California ("...this drugged up beach side town," as Jackson sings in "Here Comes the Chain" from their first E.P.) in 2010. They play with an energy and focus that recall post-/art-punk touchstones like A Certiain Ratio, The Names, Wall of Voodoo, Gun Club or
Devo and the Talking Heads at their edgiest, while flirting with psychedelic guitar leads and the occasional surf warble.

Imagine Martin Hannett producing the Ventures or the deepest cuts from Factory Records poured through a filter of shoegaze and hard-luck street punk. This is not the sunshiny day music of coastal contemporaries Best Coast or Wavves; it's music that floats through dingy, smoky beach flat apartments and simultaneously unnerves as it soothes, the washes of guitar grounded by the metronomic rhythm section, coming on like the very beginning of a particularly intense trip as your stomach churns a bit in anticipation of an unknown soon to be revealed and leaving with the low menace of the rumbling ocean outside as you try to fall asleep on a pile of sheets on the floor.

This is music every bit as intense and powerful as the band's name would indicate. For more information, visit soundcloud.com/thevivids or thevivids.bandcamp.com or write the band at thevividsla@gmail.com

--- Tom Child (LA Record)
Venue Information:
Alex's Bar
2913 E Anaheim Street
Long Beach, CA, 90804
http://www.alexsbar.com/