Cool-Tite’s 3rd Anniversary With The Cigarette Bums, Pinky Pinky, Prettiest Eyes At The Hi Hat, Saturday April 22nd 2017
On Saturday night, Cool-Tite, ‘a society/culture website’ was having its 3rd anniversary at the Hi Hat, which is becoming one of the best spots for cool indie shows… the night was featuring three bands, and at this point, because of my busy LA night clubbing, I had already seen 2 of them! However, it is fun to go to an indie show after a huge one at the Palladium, and it’s always interesting to check out upcoming bands before they blow up. I saw Pinky Pinky just 2 weeks ago, but as their debut EP was released on Innovative Leisure (Hanni El Khatib’s label) just in time for Record Store Day, it looked like a good timing to see them again on this special day.
The night started with the Cigarette Bums, a fun quartet playing accelerated garage punk rock with a lot of sunshine and beach sand in the guitars. They were colorful and fun, playing their beer-fueled punk songs, a bit as Fidlar does it, with a sort of trash-y-laid-back attitude. But there was more than one trick in their vibrant music, as a few of their fast songs were shaking with a beach-goth enthusiasm or even a sort of B-52’s post punk inspiration. They surprisingly covered Lou Reed, but may be it was not so surprising, since frontman Steven Bum, aka Ciggy Bop Guitar, who was wearing a golden short matching the anniversary balloons, messed up a bit with the amused crowd, during a long krautrock-y-VU infectious and hypnotic number.
Then Pinky Pinky, the teenager girl trio, charmed every one in the room with their bluesy punk songs, and I bet everyone was admiring their focus and determination. Drummer Anastasia Sanchez was making these warm and deep howls, while bouncing back to Eva Chambers’ bass, whereas Isabelle Fields’s guitar work sounded electrifying, intricate, layered and even Television-esque at times? The three girls are quite a talented vision, they dress up thrifty-shop cool with a subtle girlie side, Sanchez and Chambers have this cute way to look at the ceiling while one is pushing her soulful and mature croon and the other tiptoes with her bass, while Fields, with her voluminous curly hair has a sort of Renaissance painting presence. They have already this EP produced and recorded by Hanni El Khatib and Jonny Bell (Crystal Antlers), they have these soulful grooves and infectious not-so-predictable songs with a few retro-ish detours, so I guess these girls don’t need more introduction, but in case you were wondering as I did, their moniker comes from a South African legend, ‘the Pinky Pinky is a monster who eats little girls who wear pink while using the toilet’… now you know!
Just after, Prettiest Eyes took the stage and when I say took the stage, they owned it! I had to see the mad trio again as the last show I was supposed to attend was cancelled at the last minute at the defunct underground venue Non Plus Ultra. Prettiest Eyes are truly a mad and wild trio, playing noise-punk music and there is really no comparison you can make to describe their threatening buzzing-droning madness. They have no guitar but a bass driven to the edge by angry cowboy-hat man Marco, an electronic/keys table run by Paco who can push the distortion to new heights, and some very loud drums beaten by Pachy who is also their lead vocalist… and the rest is only distortion, throb, thump and stage mayhem.
Prettiest eyes have to be experienced live, it’s like being ambushed between a bass and a drum, it’s a living threat, a permanent but likable aggression, they bump and bounce, they run into each other, come from all directions musically and physically, they are a psychedelic, kaleidoscopic and very noisy experience, and soon you may think you have been run over by a truck, abducted by aliens, or abandoned in the desert after a psilocin trip. But that’s just a rock ‘n’ roll night in Eagle Rock.