9 p.m. / Free Monday / 21+
COSMONAUTS came into being in 2009 in outer space or Orange County, depending on the way you like to look at things. Now residing in Los Angeles, they’ve put out a number of releases (including three full lengths) through Burger Records and various other labels.They’ve toured extensively through the US and Europe, and played alongside Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Pixies, Slowdive, Black Lips, Belle & Sebastian, and more. COSMONAUTS don’t exactly fit neatly into the fabric of their scene - too psychedelic to be punk, too punk to be psychedelic, and too absorbed in making their own brand of music to care. Their latest offering, A-OK!, came out this past August via the delectable Burger Records.
Moloch is the villain in Ginsberg’s Howl (and also real life) and now the personal antagonist of singer and songwriter Lucas Fitzsimons, who named his band THE MOLOCHS because he knew he’d have to make sacrifices to get what he needed. After a trip to India in 2012, Fitzsimons returned renewed and ready to start again. This was the true start of THE MOLOCHS.The first album, Forgetter Blues, was twelve songs of anxious garage-y proto-punk-y folk-y rock. This sharpened Fitzsimons and his songwriting, and after three years went by. he was ready to burst with pent up creativity. So he decided to record a new album in the spirit of the first, and in the spirit of everything that THE MOLOCHS made so far. The result is America’s Velvet Glory, recorded with engineer Jonny Bell at effortless (says Fitzsimons) sessions at Long Beach’s JazzCats studio. It starts with an anxious electric minor-key melody and ends on a last lonesome unresolved organ riff, and in between comes beauty, doubt, loss, hate and even a moments or two of peace.
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