A wild night of rambunctious music headlined by Icelandic performance art supergroup, Steed Lord.
Steed Lord, MAGIC WANDS, DOOMSQUAD, Flower Drums, Body Parts (DJ Set), DJ Chris UptonLos Globos (3040 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, California) Map it $12
From the frozen fjords of Iceland to the sun-drenched streets of Silver Lake, Steed Lord brings its peppy art-pop to Los Globos. Drawing comparisons to acts like Peaches, Chromeo, Crookers, and DJ Mehdi, the Icelandic supergroup—whose members also dabble in experimental filmmaking, photography, fashion design, styling, art direction, and graphic design—headline SUPERGOOD Music’s showcase with a performance that will surely brim with unbridled energy.
Support comes from Magic Wands, whose surprise super-hit, “Black Magic,” still features on DJs’ playlists. Opening the night are electronic act, DOOMSQUAD, and quirky Australian indie band, Flower Drums, with intermittent DJ sets courtesy of Body Parts.
Steed Lord is a musical performance art project working on the frontiers of pure creativity and music making with impressive and energetic live performances, experimental filmmaking, photography, fashion design and styling, art direction, graphic design and other visual mediums. The threesome KALI, MEGA and DEMO all hail from their native Iceland where they grew up in the entertainment and art world learning their craft at an early age in their fathers studios. Drawing their raw inspiration from their Icelandic background, they have managed to create a world of their own that they call New Crack City where they create their art and write their music. Steed Lord have since early 2006 been a 100% DIY project and toured all over the world with their music performing for thousands of fans while being featured in numerous magazines, on music and fashion blogs, in TV-shows, on radio and they even designed a clothing line for retail giant H&M. Steed Lord are independent musicians and release all their music on their own label New Crack City Records but they have also licensed their music and remixes on record labels such as Ed Banger Records (FR), Dim Mak (USA), Southern Fried (UK), Get Physical (DE), Disque Primeur (FR) and One Love (AU). Steed Lord´s goal is to keep creating and exploring their own unique sound along with expressing their personal vision through their artistic outlets.
Up and coming indie duo Magic Wands released their anticipated full-length debut, Aloha Moon, on April 24. Early praise cames from SPIN, who declares their first single “Space” “…a sexy and propulsive stunner." Magic Wands first garnered attention with the release of a noteworthy EP, Magic Love & Dreams, which quickly drew praise from publications like Nylon who applauded their “sparkling, psychedelic-pop gems.” The band honed their live chops, solidifying their fanbase touring & playing shows alongside The Kills, The Horrors, The Raconteurs, The Black Keys, The Virgins, Black Kids and as well as appearances at SXSW, Noise Pop and Lollapalooza. Their debut full-length, Aloha Moon, is a cosmic dance through a universe where voices echo, keyboards shimmer and guitars splash like giant waves on a distant planet's shores. Having ambiguously dubbed their sound "lovewave," each track is distinctly different yet all share the common theme of spaced-out tropical dreams, which isn't surprising when one considers the disparate locations where Aloha Moon was made: San Francisco Bay, a cabin in the hills of Echo Park Los Angles and under the stars of the Palm Desert at night. Some of the tracks on Aloha Moon were mixed by acclaimed producer Dave Sardy (LCD Soundsystem). Their new album is out February 2014.
Dark new agers DOOMSQUAD re-code the electronic music narrative with a more worldly and cosmological presence than the genre would normally dictate. Their songs are rich in variance and full of vividness, spanning across their entire debut LP Kalaboogie . Drawing in guitar, flute, percussion and synth, the Montreal and Toronto-based siblings Allie, Jaclyn and Trevor Blumas act as aural anthropologists, teaming relics of cross cultural traditions like chanting and repetition over seismic ripples of deep bass. Doomsquad’s mixing of influences leaves you feeling awakened.
"Think The XX and Mezzanine-era Massive Attack forming a supergroup" ~ Spindle Mag (UK)
"Doomsquad is an example of a group that has the potential to defy stereotypes – Put it this way: the urban jungle would be nowhere without the witchy woods to daydream about." ~ Impose Magazine (US)
"Doomsquad lays out a cacophonous blueprint of densely layered instrumentation and dreamlike cadences that draw you in"
~ Notes from Left of the Dial (US)
"If the tribes of the Serengeti were given computers & synthesizers to record its music, it would have the sound of Doomsquad"
"The songs on their latest, Land O' The Silver Birch, start by introducing lush ambient vibes, immediately followed up by distant echoing vocals, spiritual proclamations, and trippy, glitched out production." ~ DIAMOND A/T/L/A/S
"Toronto/Montreal's Doom Squad fall somewhere between modern occult-worshiping witch house and the spiritual indie music that might do well in, say, Portland. They have an art-school vibe to them, not unlike fellow Montrealers Yamataka//Sonic Titan." ~ Resoncity
Science fiction dream pop in the key of space, eating glow sticks, walking backwards, in a hologram.... Flower Drums are a four piece dream-pop band based in Perth, Western Australia.
Body Parts (DJ Set)
Body Parts mobilizes a singularly elegant experimental pop idiom to explore the contours of modern devotion and doctrines of self-improvement alongside the immoderate reverberations of remembrance. Weaving together influences as varied as the rationalist prescriptions of the self-made seeker-healer- Scientology mastermind L. Ron Hubbard, the sensual guitar-scapes of Prince, and the haunting vocals and surrealist melodrama of Kate Bush, Ryder Bach and Alina Cutrono form the group’s core. In addition to nimble guitar work and impeccable vocals, Bach and Cutrono bring years of experience in theater, dance, and performance to the front flank of Body Parts’ robust live show and captivating music videos. The vital rhythmic infrastructure and frankly infectious groove found both live and on the album comes thanks to the formidable duo of Raymond Proudfoot, bass and Taylor Dexter, drums. Newcomer Derek Coburn on keys and synthesizer completes their superlative live sound.
DJ Chris Upton