Ending up the week’s worth of checking out what’s been going on in L.A. these past few months with a set by The Feels – recorded by the ever-present Pressure Drop.tv in October of last year. The Feels, if something about them seems a bit familiar to you, and you checked out our post from a few days ago featuring Shannon Lay – it’s one in the same. The folk-tinged/dream-scape solo work of Shannon Lay is the same Shannon Lay shredding like a house on fire with The Feels. No one is ever going to convict her of being dull and predictable.
Like most of the bands and artists I’ve been featuring this week, The Feels are also getting a considerable amount of positive word-of-mouth and very good press for a while. And like the others, they are touring and performing just about everywhere they can. The work is paying off.
Here’s what some of the reviews have been looking like (just a sample):
“…They’ve figured out a way to be melodic yet rough as well as musically talented but raw. Laena’s voice is downright beautiful and she performs with so much elegance. She has a Bowie-esque grace on stage which she is able to compliment with some pretty filthy guitar work. When her and guitarist Shannon Lay trade off vocals during songs expect goosebumps. The new addition to the lineup and contributor to their new, heavier sound is bassist Amy Allen. She is fast and drivey and is a perfect fit for how Feels should sound. When the crowd overcame the initial awe, violence ensued and a night full of substantial moshing commenced. Feels are dynamic, original, talented and easy to bang your head to. An A+ for sure.”
-Janky Smooth (The Constellation Room opening for King Tuff)
“A hallway away, the smaller Constellation Room offered glimpses of a dozen-plus upstarts. The most promising was Feels, a new Los Angeles quartet formerly known as Raw Geronimo. Led by the assured, often electrifying hum of two strumming guitarists — singer-guitarist Laena Geronimo (formerly of the Like) and rhythm guitarist and keyboardist Shannon Lay — Feels pushed forth heavy, hard punk with more swagger than many of the acts on the main stage.”
– The Los Angeles Times (Burger-a-go-go)
That’s a sampling. And reading the L.A. Times review, I was reminded that Laena Geronimo, The Feels singer-guitarist was also a founding member of another fave L.A. band, The Like, which sadly came and went rather quickly, but who left some very nice material and a stunning Debut album. Okay, now I know why I like this band so much.
Since they are locals, the chances of the L.A. audience catching them in a live gig are quite high. And I would heartily recommend you check them out. In the meantime, crank this one up and enjoy the hell out of it.
Hopefully much-much more to come.