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Echo Park Rising, Saturday August 18th 2018

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Echo Park Rising day 3, and the neighborhood exploded with music about everywhere…The abundance of acts makes it easy to represent every single genre, in fact, I don’t believe there is not one genre of music which is not acknowledged at the festival. The event has become so big, it’s impossible to give some highlights, but here are the band I saw yesterday: Healing Gems, Poppy Jean Crawford, The Primals, Cold Showers, The Paranoyds, Warm Drag, Zig Zags, Flat Worms, Giant Drag, Starcrawler, Potty Mouth, and Magic Bronson.

Saturday was another full day of long lines, sweaty hot crowds, and ears saturated with music, almost ending in an apotheosis at the Echoplex around 9 pm, with the return of the children prodigy of Starcrawler… they may have toured the world, they may have opened for the Foo Fighters at a big London arena, they may have done a lot of prestigious festivals, but they were back at EPR, with the same theatrical rage, explosive guitar riffs, fake blood and a rain of feathers coming out a pillow that Arrow tore down over the crowd for a grand finale.

However, except for the poppy desert island songs of Healing Gems, the day was rather dark, riffy and loud, but also terribly sexy with the somber soundscapes of Poppy Jean Crawford, who looked like a Chrissie Hynde who had joined the dark side or a dangerous sexy babe with a collection of distorted pedals. Warm Drag’s industrial dancefloors was another sexy hot number, a sort of electronica with pole dancing, and singer Vashti Windish moving the mic against her face as it was a sex toy…

Females were well represented with many acts as wild and sunny as the girls of Potty Mouth, or the Paranoyds and as charming as Annie Hardy of Giant Drag, who played a set surrounded by a giant birthday cake and large packaged presents. She was very chatty (as usual), and very funny and did a cover of Chris Isaak’s ‘Wicked Game’, introducing the song as hers, written at the tender age of 8, but stolen later by her boyfriend, who was much older than her, ‘I mean, pizzagate older!’ Annie Hardy was probably the only one who did venture into controversial jokes during this otherwise serious festival, all-focused on music…

The rest was heavy and male with the loud hard rock of the Primals, the dark fuzz with sax of Cold Showers, the muscular metal riffs of Zig Zags, punched by trashy forceful headbanging and chainsaw guitars, or even the punk and disoriented noise designed to melt faces of Flat Worms… the night ended up for me at Taix with a much lighter set of Magic Bronson and a few pop anthems sung with an over-the-top fervor…

Some say Echo Park Rising has become ‘a small version of SXSW’, and I believe it is the case.

Healing Gems

The Primals

Cold Showers

The Paranoyds

Flat Worms

Poppy Jean Crawford

Zig Zags

Warm Drag

Giant Drag

Starcrawler

Potty Mouth

Magic Bronson

Potty Mouth

Giant Drag

The Primals

The Paranoyds

Flat Worms

Magic Bronson

Poppy Jean Crawford

Cold Showers

Warm Drag

Zig Zags

Starcrawler

 

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