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Echo Park Rising, Sunday August 21st 2016


The Sloths


Sunday was the last day of Echo Park Rising 2016, and time to catch a few more bands. The festival did last 4 days this year, may be they will keep adding days to it, and next year the event may last the whole week? I don’t know, but it is still very difficult to take the temperature of something so big, you could be at 20 places at the same time, and it is quite a challenge, although the temperature was very hot every where I looked. There was a bit for everyone and almost for every musical taste, although the Echo and Echoplex got invaded by many familiar bands, for a Lolipop Records versus Burger Records and the youth’s great pleasure. So from the Echo upstairs to the Echoplex downstairs, I got busy the whole day once again.

The Tyde was not afraid to shred under the hot sun, and they brought everyone to another level of poppy bright Cali harmonies with guitars, voices and keys… These blonde psych-surf-pop rockers have a new album after a long absence from the music scene, and this sounded all good.

With the Sloths, you get the whole deal, it’s always a double feature, an authentic rock & roll show with Tom McLoughlin arriving with his bag of paraphernalia, and doing magic tricks while being the charismatic frontman of a band back from the grave, playing songs that sound like 70’s rock standards. They could be the only rock band featured on the cover of AARP and rocking the place like their heroes, the Stones, Chuck Berry or James Brown, covering Van Morrison’s ‘Gloria’ with bubbles, DIY confetti and a few other surprises.

The young Beach Bums were wild and ferocious, they played in the dark and had a mosh party with a fearless frontman going from a Arabic guitar little dance to an insane freak out of pure punk anger, screaming ‘Fuck Trump’ and jumping in the crowd.

Babylon were young and loud, I had seen these guys a few weeks ago and these young men, wearing MC5 and Public Enemy shirts, managed to build a monster psychedelia of guitars, covered some classic with a huge sound, and made the ceiling of the Echoplex explode.

There were undoubtedly contrasts, if Male Friendly couldn’t have been poppier, hookier, a bit goofy with Hawaii shirts and sweet back up singers, Hepa.Titus couldn’t have been more doom. With a moniker that worked like a joke, the trio balanced in drones of distortion, noisy reverb and darkness, the crowd asked who they were, and they answered, a very popular disease indeed.

Then I got a glimpse of Wyatt Blair’s punching songs and their undeniable 80’s vibe. With his vintage pants and dynamic music, he could be our Lolipop’s new Rick Springfield, because he surely had a few Jesse’s Girl sounding songs, unless he wants to go with Van Halen’s ‘Jump’ and the strident hair metal guitar?

Of course, Melted did melt faces and the wall paint inside the Echoplex, with a series of joyous bullet punk songs. It was so rowdy I didn’t really risk myself too close to the stage, and the rest was only mayhem, ferocious legs-kicking and stage-diving.

Creation Factory, a sort of Mystic Braves side project, put a fresh coat of fuzz on 60’s guitars, they were very groovy and upbeat, bringing memories of the British Invasion, we could have been back in the 60’s except these fine men were much louder and excellent mosh-pit trigger.

I finished the night with a few songs by the Lovely Bad Things and their punk anthems, they had attracted a large crowd which was, once again. surfing and mashing… Did these kids ever get tired?

Echo Park Rising has to be Los Angeles’ biggest neighborhood music festival, for three days, I didn’t stop a minute and I didn’t even visit any of the local bars and stores hosting bands’ performances! But it was all good, it was all music in the streets and when walking from one place to the next, you could hear many different sounds coming from different places, mixing their notes in the air. See you next year Echo Park Rising.

More pictures here.


The Tyde




Beach Bums




Wyatt Blair




Creation Factory


Lovely Bad Things

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