Half of the Los Angeles four-piece Late Night Friends, founders Jonathan Baron and Barrett Shuler, have varying musical tastes: Baron is at his core a lover of '60s and '70s psychedelia, while Shuler is more a fan of obscure instrumental music. But they share a love of '90s rock, the genre that informs much of Late Night Friends' sound.
That's not to say their music is old news; the band's super-sunny west coast rock is a unique, glittering mass of grimy feedback and fervent grunge. Their music clearly comes from a place of authenticity — you can hear it in the vocals and lyrics, in the breaks from conventional pop rock into something more freeform and emotion-based. Every track on their debut, full-length release What I Think I'm Not is solid, with songs like the crescendoing "Animal" and the melancholic "Not so Bad" standing out.
If you're in LA, come to the album release party on August 6 at The Satellite and stream the title track off What I Think I'm Not below:
What I Think I'm Not Album Release Show
Thursday, AUGUST 6, 2015
21+, $10, 10pm