The Time Travelers, Bone Acre, Magic Bronson At The Satellite, Monday December 3rd 2018
Mondays are always difficult, but it’s not a reason to not go out! I rarely do so, but last Monday at the Satellite was just spectacular. LA duo Magic Bronson started their Monday residency with the release of their new EP ‘Evil Plans’, but two bands played before them, and one just after (EasyFriend) although it was, unfortunately, way past my bedtime by then.
The Time Travelers, who used to go by a longer moniker, rocked the stage with some visceral music enhanced by frontman Sherif Serag’ emotionally-charged vocals. It was some intense set if I ever witnessed one, an explosive and ferocious series of songs, with a moving first one ‘Time on Your Side’, a lighter tune with a poppier vibe than some of their tumultuous heavy-on-distortion music, but carrying a heavy load of emotions. Even ‘Growing Now’, which started like a folk acoustic-guitar number, tore up the place with Serag’ s gut-wrenching howl. They were joined on stage by musician/singer Vava, for a special one, a cover of Radiohead’s ‘Creep’, a classic which was echoing very well the overall poignancy of their music.
The quintet Bone Acre followed and immediately put the venue under the spell of frontwoman Caroline Heerwagen. Wearing a cowboy hat, red boots, and a transparent mousseline long dress, she was quite a vision and a talent. After a soulful and stunning a cappella opening, their impressive song ‘It’s OK’ exploded into a dark drama reminiscent of something from PJ Harvey, especially because of Heerwagen’s vocals, … it was intense and burning hot inside a wall of darkness. Their climatic set was filled with raw emotions and female empowerment over gothic psychedelic rock guitars and high desert soundscapes habited by Heerwagen’s magnificent howl. She was commanding the stage and moving like a rock star over roaring guitar assaults and an ambient menace. I just know that the band has only released an album ‘Oll Korrect’, recorded with Dave Catching at the legendary Rancho De La Luna studio in Joshua Tree, and only available on vinyl so far, and that the band’s moniker comes from the title of a novel that Heerwagen is writing. As a result, her haunting vocals were revealing very personal lyrics embodied by theatrical stage moves.
Magic Bronson was a somewhat strange sonic transition. The duo, which consists of Michael Nicastro and Matthew Lieberman, made the crowd jump and dance at the sound of their double-mic vocals, half screaming half hurting, echoing over explosive drums and bouncy electronic tapes. They certainly have a signature sound, a headbanging electro-mix with a fun anxiety (they played a new song called ‘Nervous’ off their last album ‘Evil Plans’) triggering a dance party combined with a few singalong choruses sort of celebrating (or fighting) ‘all that bullshit that is going on today’. It’s was an unpredictable set, with a hip hop spirit and a modern electro-pop vibe, that everyone can check out every Monday at the Satellite in December.