Sunshine Mind

Live Review: Secret Garden at Harvard & Stone 5/25

Last Thursday night saw voodoo surf thrashers Sunshine Mind, the proggy serotonin fueled semi-locals Deep Fields, and an angsty Matryoshka doll of chaos and boozy guitars called Secret Garden bring their own very different sounds and concoctions of influences out to Harvard and Stone. From opener Sunshine Mind's sprinkling of screamed vocals that irreverently tear apart any false assumptions of conventional SoCal surf band tropes to Secret Garden's swampy, somber quietness giving way—rather violently—to nervous, sinewy guitar improvisations. And that's to say nothing of Deep Field's brilliant ‘70s inspired Rhodes piano odyssey that set the whole of Harvard and Stone on fire three-quarters into their set. Sunshine Mind ripped through groovy and pummeling (yet still very surfy) tunes with gusto. Think Misfits if they traded in corpse paint for plaid and California "good vibrations". Singer Henry Lopez peppered in energetic screaming vocals to break up melodic "ooh-ahh" lines that never let you get too comfortable in your expectations. A menacing undertone permeates their more-aggressive-than-your-average surf pop songs, torn apart and reassembled with ‘60s voodoo menace.

Next up were the brilliant Deep Fields hailing from Orange County. Their lush songwriting and layered piano accompaniments is a shot of serotonin to the proverbial arm of Harvard and Stone. Kaleidoscopic, Rush-reminiscent arrangements and a genuinely fun energy pulses alongside ‘70s Rhodes piano lines that are at once elegant and yet bursting like rays of light shining down on grooving flower beds of vocal and guitar melody. If 12-string electric guitar and Rhodes piano don't make the most pleasant sounding musical combination, I don't know what does. Secret Garden finished out the night with a set of swampy, troubled, mercurial jams laced with a "fuck-it-all" ethos. Singer Dani Evans was full to bursting with gravitas as she commanded a strong stage presence both fearless and fierce, going from skate punk ferocity to genuinely somber moments of singer-songwriter affectation. Ultimately, they got cut off early (and not entirely without reason) but this band—and Evans especially—has some serious heart. - Andrew Mendoza

 

Bring your dad to Dirty Laundry TV Summer Fest

Dirty Laundry TV's Summer Fest is less than two hours away, and earlier last week they added the gaze-y Sunshine Mind to open at 2 PM, as well as San Diego's '60s garage/surf inspired The Frights! Kim of Kim & The Created will also be guest-DJing along with McAllister of KXLU, Mariana Timony of Lo-Pie, and Crystal King's Andrew King.

Come out in the afternoon to The Satellite for a swap meet happening between 2-6 PM and get a last-minute Father's Day gift for your dad from over a dozen vendors. Bring dad too — he's secretly not cool to go golfing with his kids. Not down to wait in the long lines for a Father's Day meal? HACHÉ LA will be serving up their gourmet burgers on-location, and we're fairly certain PBRs will be plentiful. - Ryan Mo

Clean up at Dirty Laundry TV's Summer Fest 6.21.15

2k15's summer fest game is getting stronger by the week: indie music web series Dirty Laundry TV hosts its own Summer Fest, happening this Sunday from 1:30 PM till 12 AM at The Satellite. 

Mainstage performers include triple-threat Rob Zabrecky + members of Possum Dixon, Mike Watt & The Missingmen, Colleen Green, Kera and The Lesbians, Deep Fields, and more, with Sunshine Mind and Gateway Drugs just recently added on.

There will also be an acoustic side stage featuring Samira of Winter, Nima of So Many Wizards, Los Angeles Police Department, Bobby T. and the Slackers, and Joel Jerome, to name a few.

And last but not least, your event DJs Andrew King (Crystal Antlers), Mariana Timony (Lo-Pie), and McAllister (KXLU 88.9 FM) will round out the moshpit and dance floor all day and night.

This event has NO advance sales; tickets are $10 before 6 PM and $12 after. Yes, you'll get in, especially if you come out in the daytime (but not if you're under 21). There will also be a swap meet with local vendors and labels like Danger Collective Records and Porch Party Records, and food by HACHÉ LA —best burgers imo.

Not sure who's on the list/too lazy to look them up? Hype yourself with Dirty Laundry's Spotify playlist of Summer Fest artists!

About Dirty Laundry TV: created in August 9, 2009, Dirty Laundry TV started as laundromat interviews with bands like The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, Local Natives, Warpaint, Surfer Blood, and more.It has since grown to include curated shows at local venues, compilation releases, event coverage, and general Los Angeles badassery. - Ryan Mo

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