The great thing about LA’s Echoplex is that there are two stages and you can buy tickets to both the upstairs and downstairs shows…except when one of them sells out. So I missed seeing Thee Oh Sees for the third time in the past year. However, I was still treated to four great bands at The Echo – Perfect Pussy, Potty Mouth, The Bots and Sego.
Sego was the opening act of the night and a last minute but welcome addition. Their first song sounded like late 70’s Devo and they closed with the single “20 Years Tall.” It is available free for joining their mailing list.
The Bots @thebotsband
The second act was The Bots, two brothers, guitar and drums. With only two members it is easy to make the obvious bluesy comparisons to The White Stripes or Black Keys but I heard Gary Clark Jr. and Bad Brains bleeding through even more. I was not surprised to find out they have opened for Bad Brains, as well as Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Blur and Refused. I will definitely catch these guys again in the future. They started recording when they were 15 and 12 and their earlier songs are available on SoundCloud – thebotsband.
Potty Mouth @pottymouthmass
I just picked up Perfect Pussy‘s first full length “Say Yes To Love” a few weeks ago. As you’ll read in the Pitchfork review their performance is shock and awe. You’ve been warned (or intrigued) and NPR alerts you to the explicit language as well. My first impression of the album was Crass and after seeing them live even more so. If you can find a copy of Crass’ live album Christ the Bootleg you’ll get the analogy. While I expected a loud set, the sound board could have been mixed better. The sound was more muddled than the proper noise assault. The NPR recording is included for comparison although my Tascam IM2X X-Y Stereo Condenser Microphones for iPhone cleaned it up a bit.