Echo Park Rising Day Two, Friday August 16th 2019
The second day at the Barbershop, which was still part of the big Echo Park Rising event, was even more packed than the day before, as 9 bands played non-stop from 7 pm to 1 am…
The energy got wilder, the pit more dangerous, and too many beers were spilled on the floor,… way too many for the taste of the barbershop owner, who is cool enough to let his store invaded by screaming barbarians too eager to trash the place. The crowd got erratic and rough, especially during the final sets of Fucked Forever and the Manx,… although the Speed of Light kids probably got overwhelming participation of the audience, a good demonstration that the theme of the night was energy to-blow-up-a-roof for guaranteed tinnitus. Here is a sample of this crazy night.
Hard rocking twin sisters Beah and Cecilia Romero dueled with their guitars giving all the meaning to their moniker, Flames of Durga, mixing bluesy metal with girlie harmonies and bottomless rage.
Ugly Sweaters brought Weezer-like power chords – and I am not saying that because of the sweater song – as they truly kept up with the high energy of the evening while bringing hooky melodies in their guitar-keys combination with plenty of laid back humor.
Electric Children packed the stage with more musicians than ever adding a pile of fuzz to the night during guitar solos to make your brain explode and a very psychedelic rock & roll party as if we were back to Led-Zeppelin-meets-Brian-Jonestown-Massacre’s good old days.
Dirty Cakes didn’t cool down the room a bit, as their set was filled with a brand of raw and loud rock & roll, dirty to the distorted chord, with an enraged sound embodied by the bigger-than-the-stage antics of singer Charley Waffles. On a side note, he was also the host of the night, constantly reminding us to not mess up the place between each act, despite the mindless chaos.
The teenagers of Speed of Light never disappoint, and, once again, they injected their bloody young anger into an evening already saturated (in a good way) with an unapologetic rock attitude. Riley’s power-howl never misses to amaze the crowd, and this time the band’s metal-stoner-rock propelled her on the shoulders of Charley, for a triumphant tour of the room.
The next power trio Spare Parts For Broken Hearts played their grungy blend of alt-rock/metal with real drama and passion. Fronted by Sarah Green and her mighty wail, the band gathered a very large crowd in the DIY venue, and, in a few crazy moments, several people ended up face down on the stage, pushed by a rowdy wave of party-goers.
With a totally different vibe, Iress plunged the Barbershop into pure darkness with sludgy metal-like songs haunted by the ethereal vocals of Michelle Malley, who sang like a trooper despite her broken arm. Iress, an always captivating experience, played music for a doomed landscape, but their post-apocalyptic songs had never made people happier.
And if you wanted more rage, you had to stick around for hardcore priestess Le’lani Lan’caster of Fucked Forever who spat her lyrics like some angry venin, while a satanic ceremony was happening in front of the stage. Their hammered distortion was certainly not for the faint of heart, in a constant sonic assault, they never calmed down, but some good old-fashioned screaming and a collective fucked-up rage had something liberating.on a Friday night at midnight.
The Manx closed the night with their Malibu slime, and if you have never seen these crazy punks, nothing can prepare you for these grown-up men playing half-naked and covered with green goo? They could have been inspired by GWAR, Cannibal Corpse or Tales from the crypt, but they sure knew how to entertain a crowd with a banjo, an upright bass, an accordion, an anything-goes attitude, and their folk-metal-avant-garde-rock music sprinkled with creepy laid-back humor.