Although there are an absolute shedload of bands to get your teeth into in Southern California, not many of them hook into the absolute weirdness of the area; the geographical juxtapositions – sea and mountains in close proximity; pine forests looming over city scapes; the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, filled with cars and people and yet coyotes and mountain lions also call the sprawling metropolis home.
Los Angeles band Wild Wing is the coming together of four lifelong friends, originally from the San Fernando Valley. The quartet blend together a variety of genres, including but not limited to country, synth-punk, and garage rock, with their lyrics peppered with political satire. Their fourth release, ‘New Futures’, is set to come out on June 21. We preview the track ‘Me ‘n Mine’.
Progressive House, Electro House, and Trance Future Bass are all styles that David Reed and Chad Cisneros have experimented with in over a decade of working together as Tritonal. They’ve won the respect and recognition of some of the biggest names in electronic music, including Armin van Buuren, Steve Aoki, Nicky Romero, Above & Beyond, to name a few. They’ve taken Tritonal to the Electric Daisy Carnival, the Electric Zoo, Creamfields in Australia, Ultra Music Festival, and other top notch EDM events. On top of all that, with ‘Air Up There’, and their new Tritonia show on Sirius XM, they show themselves to be both skilled and discerning radio hosts.
Southern California based indie group Fellow Robot started out as an idea brewing in the mind of frontman Anthony Pedroza, who a few years ago began writing the sci-fi novel, ‘The Robot’s Guide To Music’ while dealing with personal troubles. The concept albums for this project, The Robot’s Guide to Music Vol. 1 (2018) and Vol. 2 (set to release April 24 through Donut Sounds Record Co), are co-literary companions to the book. The band itself plays the role of the 140-year-old robot and main character of the book. Each official release is meant to build on and complement the story of the previous one.
Sex People started with Knarfy, a sixth-generation Southern Californian. He had two unsuccessful monogamous romances – each lasting a year – and after tasting all that LA had to offer, realised he was polysexual. Soon after, Knarfy’s mother died suddenly, and after a year’s grieving and celibacy, Knarfy met F.I.T., a Nigerian-born hip hiop artist. F.I.T. had travelled the world the previous five years, and finally found himself in Los Angeles, in search of his part of the American dream. The pair hit it off and formed Sex People, slowly bringing in a variety of singers, musicians, and artists into the group. Their debut EP, ‘Cal-Island: Season One’, is set for release on January 11, with the first single, the experimental pop track ‘Sanctuary City’ out now.
Singer songwriter Steven Graves brings his west coast roots to the table when he writes his music. Coming from Southern California he is able to channel the great folk rock artists of the 60s and early 70s, such as The Eagles, Graham Parsons, and Jackson Browne, among others. He combines it with a tinge of country, inspiring him to share the raw version of himself and his life.
With its nearly 300 annual days of sunshine, Southern California has long been luring artists from across the USA and around the world, attracted by its promises of adventure, community, and creative inspiration. Austin David, originally from Michigan, is another of these, and his single, ‘Find Me A New Way’, is SoCal party music at its best, and should certainly establish him as a performer to watch.
Hailing from Connecticut, Felly nonetheless embraced the SoCal lifestyle while at the University of Southern California. His music containing both reggae and hip-hop samples, gained traction among fans during his final year of University, and now he’s released his new single, ‘Wide Angle’, along with a great music video.
Travis Marsh grew up in Camarillo, Southern California, and the singer/songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist attributes his proficiency to the fact of his hometown being in an agricultural area. “There really isn’t much to do besides lock yourself in a room and play music all day”, he says.