L.A. Witch, Death Valley Girls

Pappy + Harriet's Presents

L.A. Witch

Death Valley Girls

Starlight Cleaning Co.

Thu, September 13, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$15.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is all ages

TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR!!

ickets are general admission and non refundable

A ticket to this show does not guarantee a seat. This is a non-seated show.  Sometimes we move all the tables out if it is a well sold show.

Set Times are Subject To Change

L.A. Witch - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
L.A. Witch
In the dimly lit interior of a small nightclub, where the stale smell of a thousand extinguished cigarettes drowns out the smell of spilt beer and broken dreams, a band plays against a backdrop of cheap golden tinsel. Outside, palm trees line the night’s horizon. In the years to come, the streets will swell into highways and interstates, but for now Los Angeles is still a young city growing daily with transplants from across the United States, all looking for a new life. It’s still a city largely cut off from the rest of the country, and in the years before the Manson family forever tarnishes the infinite hope of the Western enclave and before the Hell’s Angels of Altamont interrupt rock n’ roll’s peaceful trajectory with unprecedented violence, there is still a dreamy California sound for those dark rooms suffused with neon light. The three women of L.A. Witch wouldn’t be born for several decades, but their sound transports you back to those warm Californian nights in smoky rooms.

The name is a partial misnomer. Though the band hails from Los Angeles, they do not partake in any sort of witchcraft. Yet their ability to conjure a specific time and place through their sound does suggest a kind of magic. On their eponymous debut album, L.A. Witch’s reverb-drenched guitar jangle and sultry vocals conjure the analog sound of a collector’s prized 45 from some short-lived footnote cult band. The melodies forgo the bubblegum pop for a druggy haze that straddles the line between seedy glory and ominous balladry; the production can’t afford Phil Spector’s wall-of-sound, but the instruments’ simple beauty provides an economic grace that renders studio trickery unnecessary; the lyrics seem more descendent of Johnny Cash’s first-person morality tales than the vacuous empty gestures of pre-fab pop bands. This isn’t music for the masses; it’s music for miscreants, burnouts, down-and-out dreamers, and obsessive historians.

Album opener “Kill My Baby Tonight” is the perfect introduction to the band’s marriage of ‘60s girls-in-the-garage charm and David Lynch’s surreal exposés of Southern California’s underbelly. Sade Sanchez’s black velvet vocals disguise the malicious intent of this murder ballad, with the thumping pulse of bassist Irita Pai, the slow-burn build of drummer Ellie English, and Sanchez’s desert guitar twang helping beguile the listener into becoming a willing accomplice to the narrator’s crimes. “Brian” follows the opening track with a similarly graceful, if not somewhat ominous, slow-mo take on a well-worn jukebox 7”. It’s a vibe that permeates the entire album, from the early psychedelic hue of 13th Floor Elevators on tracks like “You Love Nothing”, through the motorik beat and fuzzed-out licks of “Drive Your Car”, to the grittier permutation of Mazzy Star’s sleepy beauty on “Baby In Blue Jeans”.

L.A. Witch was recorded at Hurley Studios in Costa Mesa and mixed in Highland Park, Los Angeles, though early incarnations of several songs from the album originally surfaced on limited edition singles released over the last several years. The band’s initial aspirations were humble. “We never really thought we would or could release an album,” the band says. “We were really just finding each other and finding our sound.” But after touring nearly non-stop for the last three years, L.A. Witch developed a singularly seductive, haunting, and wistful sound that enamored the garage rock, dream pop, psych, and broader indie communities. Suicide Squeeze Records is proud to release their debut album on September 8th, 2017. L.A. Witch is available on CD, digital formats, and 1500 LPs on translucent pink vinyl with a download card.
Death Valley Girls - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Death Valley Girls
Think of Death Valley Girls as an acid-tripping science experiment that’s been buried alive, and resurrected as a sexually liberated dystopian chain-gang. A cosmic scar, if you will, on the hills of Echo Park, where the experiment began in 2013 by proto-punk Bonnie Bloomgarden and guitarist Larry Schemel — who got lost in the desert, returned to their haunted garage in Echo Park, and pieced together their vision with shopworn images of sexploitation babes, a blood-soaked Iggy Pop, and Bloomgarden’s series of phantasms, the result of spending a year in a mental institution, where she planned her neon-glowing odyssey by listening to Black Sabbath and UFO, reading about alien conspiracy theories, and deriving her band’s moral compass from a line she saw in a movie:

“Everybody’s gotta be in a gang,” from campy sexploitation romp Switchblade Sisters (1975).
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Starlight Cleaning Co. - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Starlight Cleaning Co.
Starlight Cleaning Co. is a Mojave Desert operation fronted by Rachel Dean and Tim Paul Gray. Rachel and Tim’s paths were interwoven for nearly a decade before formally meeting in May of 2015 when they played a show together at Pappy and Harriet’s in Pioneertown , CA.

Previously Rachel had played under her name and released an album called Indian Summer (produced by Neal Casal and Rob Campanella) as well as The Hot Fudge Sunday, Pappy and Harriet’s Sunday House Band and before that her band, War Children.

Tim fronted Orange County based bands The Delusions and Charles Mansion.

As as duo, Rachel and Tim have toured with Tommy Stinson (The Replacements, Bash And Pop, Guns ‘n’ Roses) and played FolkYeah’s Vertigo Fest (featuring Roky Erickson, the Allah-Las, and Vetiver), among many other shows throughout the country.

Now as Starlight Cleaning Co. they are joined by LA friends to fully realize their sonic intentions.

Starlight Cleaning Co. is Rachel Dean, Tim Paul Gray, Mikey Whiteside (Far West, Brian Whelan, Sam Morrow, Leslie Stevens), Adam Arcos (Adan Jordowsky, Beach Party, Sam Morrow, Brian Whelan), and Salvatore Romano (Blank Tapes, Send Medicine, Moving Units and Lauren Barth). Drawing inspiration from Costello, Hynde, the Glimmer Twins and all the other queens and kings of Rock ‘n’ roll, Starlight Cleaning Company will wash the day’s gravy from your starched white shirt and tickle your dirty, little ear holes.
Venue Information:
Pappy & Harriet's
53688 Pioneertown Road
Pioneertown, CA, 92268
http://www.pappyandharriets.com