Radio Free Silver Lake is excited to present a stellar lineup for the second week of United Ghosts’ Thursday record release residency at the Silverlake Lounge. The Hectors, Modern Time Machines and Bulletins (members of Film School) will play in support tonight.
This residency launches the self-titled album United Ghosts were recording when RFSL last spoke with the band. The music was inspired by the underbelly of LA. The rusting shopping carts, payphones and guns entombed in Echo Lake that were uncovered when the lake was recently dredged resonated with the band. Tracks like “Echo Lake” reveal the dark and sinister things hidden behind cool jackets, shimmering blonde locks and California smiles. It’s the sound of big guitar steeped in a back catalog of psychedelia, shoegaze and Kraut rock. Frontman Axel Steuerwald says he’s always trying to turn people on to NEU!, but his real love is a pre-Britpop sound in England in the 1990’s, (Primal Scream, My Bloody Valentine and countless other less storied bands) a genre-crossing sound equal parts experimentation and pop sensibility, anything goes noise but always carried by a melody. In fact the album has tracks like “Sparks from a Cold Star” that recall American indie rock like Husker Dü or The Replacements as much as anything from England.
Watch "Echo Lake" and hear the band's take on making the album.
United Ghosts play the Silverlake Lounge (2906 Sunset Blvd., LA, 90026), along with The Hectors, Modern Time Machines and Bulletins, Thursday May 16 at 9pm (first set), FREE SHOW, 21+.