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Where The Sex Pistols and The Stooges Collide: The Laytcomers

Self proclaimed noise-post-punk band The Laytcomers are releasing a new single this spring to add to their latest album Sharpie Head. White Sunshine and Sharpie Head have already been released, with two new tracks scheduled to come out later this year (Mushroom Head, Negative Space). Unlike their other singles, these will be exclusive physical tape releases.

A strong Brit proto-punk influence can be felt in the newest work of these California natives. Think Sex Pistols meets The Stooges, with a bit of early Beastie Boys playful delivery of lyrics thrown in for good measure. With catchy riffs and a charming take on early punk bands, Iggy Pop would be proud.

Sharpie Head exuberates a much more polished, bluesy sound than The Laytcomers have delivered in previous albums. I wouldn’t put this in the easy listening category, but it is definitely a sleeker experimental punk release, with an element of pop coming through with the addition of playful instrumental interludes.

I really dig their latest release and am looking forward to hear what comes next! A good band to give a listen to if you enjoy a charming new take on classic punk elements.

Take a look at some of their earlier work with Braindead

Want to see them live? They will be playing two shows in the San Francisco Bay Area: Brick and Mortar on the 25th of July and at Hemlock on August 3rd.

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Review written by Isabella Moulton– a stylist and designer by day, and aesthetic aficionado by night. For inquiries, please contact her at: | Keep it groovy <3

My passion for music was cultivated by my parents, who took me to see obscure bands perform and encouraged me to start my own record collection at a young age. I grew up listening to Pink Floyd and Peter Frampton with my mom; she told me if I listened to Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” in complete darkness my life would be forever changed…I did and it was, thanks mom. From then on I realised that music does not exist solely to colourfully take up time, but is rather an experience that should be had as many times as possible. One of the first concerts I attended was The Who at the Hollywood Bowl, but as a teenager I started seeing a lot of indie bands at the local music hall, and was fascinated by the story their music told. Every song has a story and I wanted to hear it. So here I am, currently based in Vienna and work as a stylist and designer for my own company “The Eccentric Bourgeoisie” -- I’ll happily add some extravagance to your dull wardrobe or give you some flair to help you stand out above the rest at an event ;) I have lived in the US, Canada, Malaysia, Spain, the UK, the Netherlands and Italy. Wherever I have travelled music has allowed me to broaden my horizons by experiencing new things and meeting interesting people. It has the ability to connect people from different cultures and generations, influencing the way we think and feel…there’s nothing quite like it. The way it can capture the essence of a time, the energy of a people, and allow later generations to relive it is awe-inspiring.
 My musical interests predominately centre on what was produced in the 1960’s and 1970’s, but I also appreciate more modern bands as well. Something happened during this time musically and artistically which can never be recreated; it was like a sonic boom of creativity. I am drawn to the fashion, art films (Especially Nouvelle Vague and Giallo) and the records which were produced during this magical period in history. I have a soft spot for 1960’s garage, glam rock and of course French Playboy singers. My top picks include: T. Rex, Jacques Dutronc, Nino Ferrer, The Doors, Joe Dassin, the Kinks and Jacqueline Taieb. I adore modern bands which take the musical energy created in previous decades and build on it; some of my favourites are the Triptides and Mystic Braves. Show me your record collection and I’ll show you mine. Know some great band I should listen to? Get in contact! I’m always looking to expand my musical horizons.