So when Justin Maranga, who does double duty as guitarist for ANCESTORS and NIGHT HORSE, told me about this Saturday's event at Three Clubs, he said "it'll be more like a party than a show." Maybe that's because it will be free admission with $2 Colt 45s. But the truth is a NIGHT HORSE show is always a party. A lot of the music we hype on this blog can be a bit dark, depressing, angry and introspective, all qualities that are not so conducive to a party atmosphere. NIGHT HORSE's energy comes from another place and it permeates the room. The band personifies what I thought LA was all about growing up in the sticks of northern New York. No, not glam rock and big hair, but straight up rock 'n roll with a front man that knows how to play the part. The kind of band you can bring almost any girl to and know she'll have a good time.
NIGHT HORSE will be joined by RED OCTOPUS, which much to my surprise is thankfully not a Jefferson Starship cover band but the third member of the rising San Diego psych troika that also includes EARTHLESS and ASTRA. San Francisco's HIGHTOWER has skater cred, complete with a Thrasher profile, and also plays mostly instrumental psych that I find pretty irresistible while still not taking itself too seriously. Fuck, I listened to "I am the Wallride" three times today. They will also be playing Sunday night with one of LA's finest doom/psych bands, GREEN & WOOD, at Two Headed Horse, another new Echo Park venue that I know too little about.