Everyone’s favorite surf band, the Japanese Motors are revving up for spring with a new EP, and tour dates supporting Modest Mouse.
PERCEPTION OF REALITY digital only EP drops March 3rd on Vice Music , and The Motors begin their tour w/ Modest Mouse Feb 22nd right here in Cali. Stay tuned here at Foam for more info. Also, check out Cristina Black’s Foam interview with them here!
Andrew Bird–Plays LA
Catch one of FindCream’s own picks Andrew Bird at the Orpheum Theatre in LA on Feb 18th.
To read more or for ticket information see AndrewBird.net or go to TicketMaster.com
Volcom gallery presents “LOVE BYETZ!”
VOLCOM STONE PRESENTS LOVE BYETZ!
Volcom’s girl’s spring ‘09 featured art collection is for the first time composed of all female artists! Go Girls! Titled “Love Byetz!”, it’s showing for the rest of the month of Febuary thru to mid-March at the Volcom store in LA.
As a companion to the art on display, Volcom also has 10 hand designed and created purses on sale! Each purse is unique, and created by different featured artists. $50 bucks a pop and all proceeds go to a supported charity. Artists featured are: Mel Kadel, Lori D, Dashenka, Emily Hoy, Imok, Niki Kelce, Foi Jimenez, and Susan Maddox.
Get on down/up/over to LA’s Volcom store now, and walk out with a piece of art on your arm. Literally.
For more info go to Volcom.com/girls Store located at 126 La Brea Ave. LA
Mollusk gallery show in LA
To all those that missed it the first time Space 15 Twenty is still open to view all the work from the Mollusk Feb 6th gallery show.
A collection of work from the Mollusk Surf Shop crew. After viewing if you still don’t understand the movement behind this underground surf life, there’s probably little hope for you. As scenester/hipster/loser/beach bum as you can get. Works from Thomas Campbell, Jeff Canham, Rachel Kay, Alex Kopps and more.
Now on view at Space 15 Twenty. 1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd. LA 90028
For Orange County band the Growlers, psychedelic sounds are background for a grand party scene
Brooks Neilsen and Matt Taylor are a little hesitant. Like many musicians, they can’t really find the words to describe their output. But ask them about the place where they work their magic, and they’ll go on all night. Co-front men of Orang Country band the Growlers (Neilsen signs, Taylor olays guitar), the pair get pretty excited talking about the studio where they live, work and , most importantly, party. “We sometimes play shows at clubs and bars with other bands and all that,” says Neilsen, “but the most memorable gigs are the ones we do right here.”
The space, cluttered with found junk and rare thrift-store steals is a neo-psychedelic pleasure dome, the perfect place for a live music-fueled happening. It’s contents include a bark-covered bar, a collection of old painting of Asian families, several mannequins and all manner of lights: Christamas lights, neon lights, black lights, Jesus lights, you name it. “It’s like a gigantic fire hazard,” says Neilsen, laughing.
In a way, the environment mirrors the band’s sound, which nods to ’60s-era standard bearers like the 13th Floor Elevators and Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band. But Neilsen and Taylor don’t like to categorize their music. “We kind of laugh when people say we’re psychedelic,” says Neilsen. “We don’t really know what that means.” Still, it’s easy to see why just about everyone who hears them immediately think of The Doors, or their lesser-known contemporaries: the Growlers are a Southern California band with distorted guitars, reverbed vocals, and homemade recordings that sound like they were made in 1965.
All this is totally cool with the revelers, mostly members of the local surf community, who crowd into the Growler house to swirl around to the band’s rubbery, tripped out rock. “It’s a lot of surfers and skaters and scrappers and scenesters and poseurs,” he says. “We keep it pretty loose.” Surfers themselves, save for drummer Brian, the band members are no strangers to the laid band beach culture they provide sounds for. Taylor is an apostle of Hobie’s prototype-stage surf disk–”It’s the future of surfing,” he proclaims–thought he traditionally alternates longboarding and shortboarding depending on the weather. And Neilsen is constantly pursuing new ocean-related thrills: he’s currently having a body board made out of surf board material. “I’m pretty stoked on that, ” he says, “because I started out body boarding and I want to get back to my roots.”
Meanwhile, as they hold down day jobs–Taylor works at an art gallery in Laguna Beach and Neilsen is a pool boy–they continue to record songs like the creepy “Oh Sweet Spirit,” which they made by “getting really sh–faced and banging stuff around,” according to Neilsen. More conventional songs include the Spanish-tinged “Tijuana,” the A-side of their new “couple” (the Growlers’ alternative to a single). Asked for their best real-life Tijuana stories, the pair are virtually speechless. “It’s really hard to remember those trips,” says Neilsen. Oh, the party life!
Where hip meets the sand, Gato Heroi and their SoCal friends whip up another event that’s sure to leave you wishing you were a beach bum. The Entrance Band plays, and check out the work by Foam Girl Sami Jane among others.
Fri, Feb 7th 6pm, 1653 Superior Ave, Costa Mesa
Also check out GatoHeroi.com for more info
See Whispertown 2000 @ Spaceland in LA. Feb 2nd, 1717 Silver Lake Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90027
Hecuba is the kind of band that seeps into your ears and inches under your skin and weirdly enough gets totally stuck in your head. With electro beats that take cues from Throbbing Gristle and Kraftwerk without sounded dated. New, hilarious, cute, and totally serious. Don’t miss the chance to hear the sounds of the future now.
Jan 27th at THE AIRLINER with Rainbow Arabia, We Are the World and Secret Circuit
2419 N Broadway, Los Angeles, California 90031