Starting off the week with a brief survey of what’s going on in L.A. music of late. And the answer is; lots. One of the nice things about the current state of access to new bands/up-and-coming-bands/struggling bands is that you get pretty much everything, all the time. That’s also a bad thing, because you can spend all your waking hours digging through and sifting through hundreds, if not thousands of bands from all over the world – infinitely more than you ever could before – doing things, trying things and plugging things, hoping to get ahead of the increasingly congested pack. I often wonder how anyone who has devoted themselves to their craft and their art is actually making a living from it – I suspect lifestyles are considerably more austere than is assumed. The Garrett life ain’t what it’s cracked up to be – especially in L.A. now with quaint, groovy and cheap being overrun and bulldozed by the speculator class. Still, it’s the old adage about the overpowering urge to create prevailing in all sorts of adversity. It’s just what people do.
And so we have The Paranoyds, a band consisting of three women and one guy (the drummer) in what has become a pretty much standard lineup in the current climate of Indie. They are several cuts above what many similar themed bands are doing – they are getting good word of mouth, they are touring, they’ve been playing in all the right places and they have big plans. They have a good and well thought-out point of view and don’t take themselves too seriously. They are an engaging band to listen to and, I will admit, drop-dead cute. All these factors come into play and I find it effortless to say I am a fan.
Because they are West Coast, and L.A. to be exact, they have a certain faint lineage to such predecessors as The Go-Gos and The Bangles – but only faint. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that; both bands were pioneers in breaking old preconceived notions about Women in Rock – they did break more than a few glass ceilings. But both bands had a lot of energy and made great music. And I think The Paranoyds are capable of doing that too.
This set is from last year. Because they scrupulously avoid Social Media, it’s hard to get an idea of what they are up to now. I know they’ve been touring. They have a single and an ep out – there are plans for a debut album. Right now, the best I can suss out is they are actively doing the slog and getting the message across – that backbreaking, soul-sucking routine of going from town to town to town – playing one night and going on to the next town to play the next night. You gotta do it and the benefits are many – and now that Major labels are rapidly becoming a thing of the past, booking gigs, selling CD’s/downloads/vinyl/t-shirts/posters on your own is the only way to make a living – and that’s just the way it is.
But I suspect you’ll be hearing more about this band in the coming months – just have a hunch. I will go so far as to place bets on them as a band to watch in the coming year or two.
In the meantime, here is the gig they did for Pressure Drop.tv in May of last year. BTW – I would check out Pressure Drop.tv and support them in any way you can. They, like several of the sites in Europe, are doing a huge service to the cause of Contemporary Music – they aren’t mainstream – they are what the future is about and they can use your support.
In the meantime, crank this one up, give a listen and see what you think.