Words + Photos: Mike Loik
Kid Bloom is an LA-based quintet comprised of 19-year-old old singer-guitarist Lennon Kloser, singer/guitarist/keyboardist Jesse Perlman, drummer Josh Conway, keyboardist Alex Canter, and Brad Bowers on bass. To me I immediately got was a pushy indie pop rock vibe with a bit of a Cage The Elephant-type influence. While the band has only been around since 2014? Thats when they made a band page on Facebook so feel free to stop over send them some messages and help build a wiki page for them! Lack of history aside, the band put on a great live show and I give the group two thumbs up.
Next up is COIN, the American indie pop band from Nashville. The group was formed in 2012 by Chase Lawrence, Joe Memmel, Ryan Winnen and Zach Dyke. The group came together through school and mutual acquaintances, releasing two eps between 2012-2013. Upon releasing their single “Run” in early 2015, they were hailed by Billboard as “New wave crash-course survivors.” Theatrical titles aside, the new single was perceived very well and received many positive reviews, as well as airplay on Sirius’ Alt Nation radio. In the summer of 2015, the band released their self-titled album produced by Jay Joyce and its been history ever since. The Live performance was up to snuff and I will be sure to catch these guys on the next go-round!
Last but never least is our very own Southern California rock band Bad Suns. Formed in 2012 the group is comprised of Christo Bowman on vocals, Gavin Bennett-bass, Miles Morris-drums, and Ray Libby on guitar. Transpose was recorded in the studio with producer Eric Palmquist (The Mars Volta, Wavves, Trash Talk) and serves as a prelude to the band’s debut album Language & Perspective, released in 2014. “The writing and recording process is always exciting because it’s constantly changing and unique to each song. Inspiration comes and goes as it pleases, so a night when a song gets written is a very good night,” says Bowman. On September 16th of 2016, Bad Suns released their second album titled Disappear Here. The live performance at The Teragram was nothing short of fantastic, and the crowd was sure to let them know. Girls were screaming and reaching for front man Christo Bowman who when you refer to my pictures, I find has a striking resemblance of a young Elvis Presley. While the king himself has some mighty big shoes to fill, this group is off to a fantastic start and the people are feeling it. Be sure to check out some of my images and as always, stay tuned for more.
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