The Ross Sea Party: The Ross Sea Party is a typically unusual Los Angeles family. Five friends who wanted to transcend the disconnected and nonsensical nature of life in the city and create something consequential, the band built a home with hollow-body guitars, well-tuned drums, and a glockenspiel.
Like its namesake, a little known yet heroic wing of Ernest Shackleton's famed 1914 Trans-Antarctic Expedition, the band can be characterized by their easy navigation across an ever-changing atmosphere. Raised on everything from the idiosyncratic guitar work of Neil Young and the irreverent pop of The Talking Heads to contemporaries Delta Spirit, Arcade Fire and The Dodos, the Ross Sea Party is constantly inspired. While paying homage to their influences, the band has simultaneously managed to create an unmistakable and unique sound. Characterized by spacious instrumentation and singer Brady Erickson's unique voice atop energetic and pervasive rhythms, the songs remain simple, catchy and melodic at their core.
Erickson began The RSP in 2009 with fellow LA scene veterans Michael Baumer on drums and multi-instrumentalist Will VanderWyden, adding Atlanta transplant Mark Tillman on guitar and LA native Jacquelyn Thropay on keyboards and glockenspiel the following year.
Kid Cadaver: With humble beginnings, as an almost backing band for a solo album release by eventual band member Ray Venta, along with drummer Kenzo Cardenas and guitarist Jeremy Harris, Kid Cadaver has taken the chemistry discovered at those few garage jam sessions in 2011 and made the most of it. A late 2011 demo was well received by audiences but those same audiences have been caught off guard with their latest single release. While the same heady energy and pop roots are present, the bands next step appears to be a big one.
Plans for an official debut EP, which the band has been in and out of the studio crafting since august, are set in place for early 2013. Catch them playing throughout the LA club circuit until then.
Thurlow : Thurlow is comprised of collaborators, Jacqueline Caruso and Augustus Green. The duo began honing their musical skills together five years ago on the East Coast, but are now based in the burgeoning LA neighborhood of Highland Park, where they’ve joined forces to create their own brand of lo-fi indie pop with a DIY aesthetic. Thurlow most recently released their Walking Hearts single, a collection of warm melodic indie electro-pop confections showcasing a breadth of influences ranging from The Beatles, Portishead, and Broadcast to their life long love affairs with blues and jazz. Effortlessly blending strains of pop and electro beats, along with divergent vocal harmonies, Thurlow generate a layered and textured sonic soundscape with uniquely structured songs, while still maintaining the pop sensibilities they know stand the test of time. This combined with a songbook of tracks musing on the trials of love and life gives their sound a heartfelt and personal quality. Their varying backgrounds unite to aid the development of their distinct sound; with Jacqueline’s roots in classical piano and musical theater, which she studied at American University, contrasting Augustus’ lifelong exploration of electronic music, synthesis, sound design and music production. The title track of their Walking Hearts EP highlights the strengths that Green and Caruso bring to the duo. With Green’s intricate sound design and Caruso’s mesmerizing melodies, Walking Hearts proves that this duo is one to watch. Having shared the stage with the likes of Barcelona, Release the Sunbird, The Heligoats, and The Sweet Hurt, Thurlow are as much at home on stage as they are in the studio. “Thurlow are offering buoyant concoctions of electro beats and tender vocals that tickle the ear and lighten the heart…turning off their charm is quite the task.” ~ Buzz Bands
The Temporary Thing: "The Temporary Thing" began in the early 2000's as a moniker for Los Angeles based Andrew Deadman's solo work. He soon put a band together and began touring the US and Europe, gaining an international audience with the help of radio airplay (the late John Peel, Bernard Lenoir, Nic Harcourt, NPR) as well network television and film placements.
In late 2010, Andrew began collaborating on side projects with bass player Daniel Edwards and drummer Kevin Marcus Day. In 2012, he was approached by guitar player Joe Mullins who having been familiar with his previous work, encouraged Andrew to reform the band with the Edwards/Day rhythm section as well as himself on guitar, thus becoming what is now known as The Temporary Thing.