“Well we live in a trailer/at the edge of town/you never see us/cause we don’t come around” sang Neil Young in 1974. These are the first lines of “Revolution Blues,” from his 1974 album On The Beach. Supposedly about Charles Manson and his band of young followers, the apocalyptic track is both beautiful and terrifying – perfectly encapsulating the tone of Los Angeles.
The band L.A. Witch knows a thing or two about finding beauty between the sublime and horrific. The trio of ladies – Sade on guitar and vocals, Irita on bass and organ, Ellie on drums – play haunted roadhouse blues, and they’re playing at Hotel Vegas on Wednesday, Aug. 5 along with Death Valley Girls, Austin’s Black Liquid Drop and DJ Andrew McCalla.
L.A. Witch’s music, all reverb and fuzz, wouldn’t sound of out of place in a Roger Corman biker flick, but the vocals are something else entirely. Ethereal and ghost-like, there’s traces of Stevie Nicks and Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval in Sade’s detached drawl. It’s smokey Americana as written by Joan Didion.
If L.A. Witch are the ghosts of Los Angeles’ psychedelic past, then Burger Record’s Death Valley Girls are the girl-gang still terrorizing the squares. Loud and boisterous, the band play fuzzy and squelchy garage rock like they just got sprung out of juvie.
Hotel Vegas is at 1502 E 6th. St. Doors open at 9 p.m. 21 and over. For more information, visit the Hotel Vegas website here.
Death Valley Girls
Black Liquid Drop