What some folks call your quintessential indie-rock band, I’d like to call your island indie-rock band. Jets Overhead is from an island off the coast of Vancouver B.C., which lead me to think there’s some aquatic influence on their rock-n-roll sound.
During their performance, they shared stories of adventure, and of their love for the obscurities they found in Los Angeles. It was their first time back in LA since Coachella, and they faired well on the Roxy stage.
Jets Overhead filled the worn air, with fuzzy bass lines and chillingly blended vocal harmonies. Their songs were full bodied, and saturated by the flux of rhythmic guitar riffs that faded in and out of any space left unfilled.
While in the room with them, I imagined a place where the sunlight dimmed. I submerged into frigid water, and watched the sea life through a forest of kelp. Everything was moving with the tide as it ebbed in the throes of the ocean.
Jets Overhead is a band to keep your eye on. With heavies like High Road Touring and Vapor Records behind them, they’ve got nowhere to go but up the beanstalk. If you want to listen to some of their music, then I suggest checking it out on Creative Commons (DOPE!!).
You can also go to their website and voluntarily purchase their album (which they did a year and a half before Radiohead, btw).
The Los Angeles and KROQ indie darlings Itlalian Japanese took the stage after Jets Overhead. This group flirted with a steady rhythm and cadence, but never quite committed to either. The guitars were askew to the drumbeat, and during the vocal stanzas I’d find myself getting lost in trying to follow where Italian Japenese was leading me. Then, all of the sudden, the guys would completely open up with a bright melodic hook and rope me back in. There were dissonant build-ups that would diminish and rebuild obscurely. The raw vocal sound was like watching a dissolving sugar cube in a glass of iced tea.
Italian Japanese has the complexity of a rubix cube, and to quote Ween, “I can’t put my finger on it,” but I loved it!
You can check out their new album (which is top 50 on the CMJ charts) on their website.
My favorite LA band use to be J* Davey, but now I think it’s Sabrosa Purr. Their show was completely enchanting. They are pure, un-cut rock-n-roll. Their sound is like Portishead meets Soundgarden, and just as beautiful to look at.
The chemistry of a female bassist and a female drummer on stage was refreshingly different. This band went from heavy riffs to a light ambient sound like they were unanimously switching on an off a light bulb. Their intimacy on stage gave me the chills.
For me, Sabrosa Purr was something unexpected, and that is what was so wonderful about their performance. Their cover of Eric Clapton’s “Cocaine” was unmatchable. Seriously, if you have a chance, don’t miss their next show! They rocked me!