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Shallow Halls, The Ivy Leaguers, Melted, Feels And Meatbodies At The Hi Hat, Saturday November 19th 2016




The Hi Hat has become a place for indie punk rock and beyond, and on a regular Saturday night you could see 5 bands in a row, some I had already seen before and other ones, new to the ever-expanding Los Angeles music scene

Shallow Halls were young and wild, a garage punk-surf-rock quartet with a sort of FIDLAR vibe during some songs, and some aggressive head bangs bringing a lot of fun and energy. ‘Bad Habits’ is the title of their first EP that they were releasing on this same day — and a title like this one will certainly bring me back to the famous punk rockers already cited. They were shouting their loud rock and roll with a hard anger and conviction, and it’s probably a no-brainer to predict that these head bangs will eventually transform into some dangerous mosh pits in a few years.

The Ivy Leaguers, which are certainly totally oblivious regarding all their social media, were heavier and noisier, bringing chaos and dissonance throughout a very aggressive set. The bass-drum duo was set to destroy the place with a rough and loud distorted sound and some very hard hitting drumming. They were at times close to metal, trashing the place like a punk hardcore band, sweating and fuming with furor, contrasting with their elite-like moniker, but that was probably their point.

The energy level was already very high but Melted brought us to the next level of adrenaline, with a sort of search-and-destroy energy and a spike of danger. Their songs were short punk bullets and the trio started a ferocious mosh pit, while the whole thing stayed on the happy-punk-anthem side, wild, debrided and disheveled, unleashing an insane punk energy, melting faces, and causing mayhem… it was difficult to get faster than their uplifting riotous choruses, and if the stage-diving hadn’t started yet, it was about to, and I was ready to move from my spot as things became a bit dangerous during their last song.

Feels had a residency at the Echo this summer and I got to see them again at Echo Park Rising, so i was already familiar with their sound, although it is not one very easy to figure out. They are an almost all-girl band at the exception of the drummer, and these girls are in total control all set long, in a psychedelic punk grunge kind of way, meaning that they are all over the place and there’s not much left for others once their set is over. They can be sweet and pure punk, bold and heavy, with spectacular hair battles and serpentine guitars, while the three girls undulate their bodies the whole time, while they build a wall of combative fuzz-rock and spell a cast with cool harmonies. Their aggressive sound stayed melodious and always buoyant, producing a fun-ride feel, going up and down with screams at unison.

Meatbodies brought the biggest mayhem of the night, with a lot of action, including the usual crowd surfing and stage diving, while the girl next to me was engaged in a very violent head banging that may have turned bloody at any moment. There was rage and blood over the guitars and it was a real punk show with massive psychedelic guitars and long instrumentals, trashing and shredding but overall staying quite diverse in a psych-metal-punk-glam kind of way.  This is a band with many frontmen, as they all sang one after the other, but their main frontman (if there is such a thing) Chad Ubovich has been in every local band that exists in LA (especially in Ty Segall’s numerous projects) and you could tell by the many influences which were surfacing little by little. It was tough, loud, even violent and very punchy, with some bombastic rock parts flirting with metal, punctuated by shouted harmonies and long rocking jams… and did I hear a few ‘Fuck Trump’ buried in the fuzz?

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Shallow Halls


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