Thursday, October 27, 2016

Now Playing @ The Listening Station: Beat Club, Dunes & Manhattan Murder Mystery

By Marni Epstein & Nathan Solis

Welcome to The Listening Station, The Eastsider’s dose of must-listens from local bands. Get to know your community by getting to know the music they are making. Feel free to let us know what Eastside bands or performers – in any genre- you are listening to by sending an email to [email protected] Follow Eastsider Music on Twitter for more stories and sounds from the Eastside music scene.

“City Hall’ – Manhattan Murder Mystery

That lovesick voice, imperfect and wonderfully infectious. The growl of a man infatuated with life, backed by a band who share the same beliefs and maybe were pirates on the same ship in a past life. There’s the choppy guitar work and jangling rhythm of drums and vocals, all of it a combustion engine roaring about as though just around the corner the answers await.

Matt Teardrop leads MMM, the outline of a man on fire, a caricature on some kid’s folder, the rest of the group constantly propping him up with bass, harmonica, accordion. It’s a party in the gymnasium, the exercise mats left out so people can really let loose. – Nathan Solis

“Globetrotters” – Beat Club

It is pretty clear what you would expect from a band called Beat Club; Especially considering the name was derived from a German music television show of the ‘60s and ‘70s of the same name (Guten tag!). These boys of Northeast LA don’t take that moniker lightly either, they deliver on heavy electronic beats, rhythmic guitars, and warbling synthesizers that create their sometimes-afro-funk-influenced tracks. Their song “Something Better” is their most radio-ready track to date, but for something a little different than the standard new-wave waving offerings du jour, groove to “Globetrotters” and its electrifying instrumental funk. – Marni Epstein

“Tied Together” – Dunes

There’s the montage of a happy couple on vacation, basking on the beach, their hair in the wind. Someone’s surfing some gnarly waves, caught up in the barrel of the ocean.

Dunes remind of some 1980s PSA on traveling, where the fringes of the screen are a bit warped, the voices awash in dreamy echoes. This Los Angeles trio bring out the best in dream pop, replete with intense drum work from Kate Hall, who gives an edge to Stephanie Chan’s passionate vocal work, and Mark Greshowak’s dreary bass work (dreary in a moody sense). Dunes’ 2010 self-titled album embarked on such a moody adventure, with plenty of wiggle room, and 2012’s “Noctiluca” album punched up the beat, really played up the contrast between summery neons and the darker shades of dark pop. – Nathan Solis


Marni Epstein is a freelance writer and music journalist who has also worked in both the film and digital media industries.Nathan Solis is a Highland Park resident who writes about and photographs the L.A. music scene. You can find more of Solis stories, reviews and photos at Smashed Chair.

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