AJ Davila

AJ Davila

Crocodiles, Dustin Lovelis

Sun, February 19, 2017

8:00 pm


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This event is 21 and over

AJ Davila Y Terror Amor
AJ Davila is known as the bassist of the acclaimed Puerto Rican garage rock band Davila 666, with whom he recorded two albums and toured the world. In 2011, the band decided to take a break, but AJ kept moving, and began working on his own project. His debut solo album, 'Terror Amor,' was released via Nacional Records on 2014 and has gotten major buzz from Pitchfork, Spin, VICE, NPR, CMJ, Brooklyn Vegan, KEXP, and more. The album features collaborations with Cole Alexander of the Black Lips, Sergio Rotman of Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Fofe Abreu of Circo, and Davila 666 bandmate Johnny Otis Davila. Later that same year, Davila released a second album, 'Beibi' via Burger Records.

AJ Davila's solo project brings together the guitar-fuzz of '60s garage, the raw energy of 70's punk and the irrepressibly catchy choruses of 80's pop, a combination that Pitchfork described as "the balance between sweetness and distortion."
Dustin Lovelis
Dustin Lovelis played guitar and sang in the Long Beach band the Fling, who got out one album on storied indie Dangerbird before complications from all directions finally made them collapse around 2013. For Lovelis, it must've been like getting kicked out of the house—that was where he'd spent most of his musical adulthood, if you wanna call it that, and then it was done. (It didn't help that he lost a job, a relationship and a dog all at pretty much the same time.) Dimensions came out of these kinds of nights—whiskey, guitar, tape rolling—and month by month Lovelis pieced together what would become his full-length solo debut. Now just weeks from release, Dimensions is revealed as an album working against its own sense of isolation and all the more powerful for it. It's pop despite itself, like those Emitt Rhodes songs that sound so innocent until the lyrics sink in, and it's an emotional state captured as it happens, like those parts on Big Star's 3rd where you can almost hear the bottles smashing into the back of the studio. There's moments of Lennon-esque self-evisceration and sarcasm and a Pixies-ish sense of harmony and space, as well as a certain powerful something that must've been absorbed during sessions at Elliot Smith's New Monkey Studios. But really Dimensions is a brave and personal self-portrait, raw and alive with the humor and honesty that happens when you've got no one to talk to but yourself.

Chris Ziegler- LA Record
Venue Information:
Alex's Bar
2913 E Anaheim Street
Long Beach, CA, 90804