The Echo Presents
The Vacant Lots, Gateway Drugs, The Meeting Places at Part Time Punks
Sunday May 14
10:00 pmThe Echo
$10.00 - $20.00
This event is 18 and over
Awesome nite of shoegaze/psychegaze with a rare LA appearance by THE VACANT LOTS to mark the release of their mindblowing new album, "Endless Night" on the Mexican Summer label.
The Meeting Places was founded in September 2001 in Los Angeles, California by four guitarists, including Scott McDonald (Closedown, Alison’s Halo and Brad Laner’s post-Medicine project, Amnesia), the architect of the quartet’s signature reverberating washes. Dean Yoshihara soon shifted to drum kit, Arthur Chan lent his talents to bass guitar, and singer and lyricist Chase Harris remained on rhythm guitar. Each member contributed to the songwriting process on their debut album for Words On Music (Dean and Arthur picking up the guitar again for passages in “Take to the Sun” and “On Our Own” respectively). Find Yourself Along the Way is a stream of peerless compositions that inconspicuously tours the best of the early 1990s dream pop scene.
Pitchfork commented on 'Confusion', "It's executed so efficiently, with just the right doses of studied apathy and simmering tension, that it's difficult not to return to it's ceaselessly repetitive groove again and again."
Mexican Summer describes them as "musicians as well as scientists, having built a time machine that will transport your headspace directly to the Sunset Strip in 1967."
The duo takes as much inspiration from Bo Diddley and The Stooges as it does from Andy Warhol and Arthur Rimbaud and have developed their own sound, combining a minimalist aesthetic of rock n roll with hypnotic guitar riffs, heavy drumming, electronic drones, poetry-driven lyrics and visual projections -- creating a live multi-media experience.
The Vacant Lots have previously toured with Sonic Boom's Spectrum, Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500, and most recently performed at Austin Psych Fest with The Black Angels and The Brian Jonestown Massacre.
The Vacant Lots are currently working on their debut album with NYC engineer/producer Ted Young and expect to have their second 7" single out on The Reverberation Appreciation Society by summer 2012.
Hailing from the dark streets of sunny Los Angeles Gab, Noa, and Liv Niles are the real live children of The Knack’s Preston Niles. Blues Williams, a sworn in blood brother, rounds out the band.
Liv - lead vocals, guitars, bass, theremin – packs a voice smoky sweet like Chrissie and Patsy but lays down sonic smoking leads like Jay and Johnny.
Noa - lead vocals, guitars, keys - croons like a teen angel then coaxes waves of pure bliss and snarling panthers from his guitar.
Gab – lead vocals, drums, guitars, bass – pounds his kit like a freight train stampeding down the midnight rails while he howls at the moon.
Blues – vocals, bass, guitars, banjos - holds it all together, riding the dark swells with thundering lines and perfect cheek bones, trying his best to keep all the real girls from going under.
Gateway Drugs shows are a controlled cauldron of total rock and roll inspiration. All members are multi-instrumentalist lead singers, and the vocals and instruments are thrown around like chainsaw jugglers up on the high wire, or kids who have been playing together since ... well, since they were really little kids. Gateway Drugs are a mind-blowing, heart-altering mix of sex, chaos, bad thoughts, young dreams, and perfect pop hits … take it now.
Listen to the first single off their forthcoming record here: Gateway Drugs / Fridays
Each member contributed to the songwriting process on their debut album for Words On Music (Dean and Arthur picking up the guitar again for passages in "Take to the Sun" and "On Our Own" respectively). Find Yourself Along the Way is a stream of peerless compositions that inconspicuously tours the best of the early 1990s dream pop scene. But, due in large part to Harris' deliciously nonchalant voice, the songwriting progresses from that scene with momentum towards a sparkling style of noise-pop that is equally memorable and provocative.
From late 2005 to early 2006 the quartet recorded their sophomore album with Jim Fairchild (Grandaddy, Earlimart) at The Ship. Numbered Days contains ten luminous new songs that combine infectious, melodic indie-pop with the tremulous soundscapes the band first explored on their 2003 debut. The album was released worldwide by Words On Music in October 2006.
In the late summer of 2008 The Meeting Places returned from a two-year hiatus. New songs are currently being worked on, as well as live shows throughout Los Angeles.
1822 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, California, 90026