Kim And The Created, Liily, Frankie & The Studs, DMTina And The Bumps At The House Of Machines, Friday July 19th 2019
The House of Machines put on great music shows and last Friday, four bands entertained the crowd, starting with cross-dresser punk rockers DMTina and the Bumps. Fronted by a guy squeezed into a corseted red dress (he actually peeled his clothes off one by one during the set to end up just wearing a short black pantyhose), the music was sort of all over the place with a rock psychedelic song, then a retro sweet ‘60s tune with a twist (‘Goth Girl’). Then, they covered the Ramones (‘California Sun’), the Strokes (‘Someday’), and Elton Motello’s English ‘Jet Boy Jet Girl’… also known as ‘Ça Plane pour Moi’ by Belgium one-hit-wonder Plastic Bertrand. However, the most interesting part about their performance was the fun they had on stage, a high-energy kind of fun with plenty of high jumps (they named themselves bumps after all) and white-clown face Tina frontman-woman getting silly and never stopping throwing himself in the crowd still sparse at this time of the evening. They trashed the place with punk fury and a crazy abandon.
Frankie and the Studs took their rock much more seriously with a woman who looked like a female action figure/superhero of rock & roll. In her black leather jumpsuit, she played a badass guitar all legs apart with a few high-pitched screams escaping from her deep growl. They really meant it and they played an unapologetic blend of glam punk rock like a new incarnation of the New York Dolls-turned Joan Jett. If Frankie Clarke (that’s her name) exulted rock & roll through each one of her pores, it was not a surprise to learn that her father is Gilby Clarke, who played with Guns ‘n’ Roses for three years before forming his own group, Rock Star Supernova with members of Metallica and Mötley Crüe. The band didn’t let us breathe for a minute, and delivered an all-power-chords high-energy set in front of the crowd’s amazed faces.
I have seen Liily a few times already (mostly during their month-long Brekfest Festival at the Echo) but since they were also playing this same night, it was another occasion to see these young guys in action,… and action is a weak term to describe their powerful, tension-building music. This time, I didn’t recognize many of the songs I had heard before as the quartet was all about noisy distorted guitars, building sizzling chaos, soon releasing formidable energy. They had added a keyboard and were blending a sort of math rock in the middle of their crashing guitars and exuberant moves. The equally young crowd was really into it, letting Liily conquer the venue one more time, with a punk rock hard/hitting flair, an unstoppable rock fury, and plenty of originality in their loud noise detours.
Kim and the Created, another pure LA punk rock production, headlined the night with a demented performance by Kim House and her sunshine bodysuit. Baptized the first lady of the DIY LA punk scene, she has always been a fearless performer, and she didn’t miss any of her moves, rolling her back on anything or jumping from an amp, while her band was barely noticing the mayhem. Born in the land of Burger/Lolipop Records, she acted as the new creature of punk, rolling zombie eyes to anyone getting too close and groaning or screaming while the explosive rock music continued to fuel her antics for the entire set. She crawled on the floor with a bright light bulb, bumped into people and climbed on the highest spot of the place, sometimes looking like a parody of the punk rock acts of the past but certainly determined to make a lasting impression.