They come from all over the greater Los Angeles area– Boyle Heights, El Sereno, Lynwood, Santa Clarita, etc.–from diverse family backgrounds, seeking out the underground pop-up punk shows that make up the “East Los” backyard scene. Straight-up punk, metal, horror ska, oi and psychobilly are all in the mix and, while the music is diverse, its aggressive approach is a constant. There’s always a mosh pit. TV, radio, gossip columns and Internet memes don’t support this scene: It must be sought out, specifically, and for a variety of reasons. This is a simple D.I.Y., research- required, no bullshit, anti-establishment, fuck the system, off the wall approach and exactly what kids attending these shows need to feel like they belong. Each character is his or her own person, an individual with their own personal experiences, history, likes and dislikes. The one thing that brings them all together, that creates a sense of family, is the East L.A. backyard scene.
Music: “We’re Here to Stay” by Aggressive N Rude
A departure from the fuzzy, blistering guitars and bold rock sound of Vice Verses, Fading West takes the classic Switchfoot style and infuses a vast array of cultural influences collected during their 2012 World Tour that can be heard within the rhythms and sonic tapestry of the new record. With daring synth lines, inventive guitars and anthemic harmonies, this collection of songs is bigger and more powerful than anything the band has released to date. Rooted in the same hopeful message and quick turn of phrase that fans have come to love, Fading West is a renewed expression of change, hope and discovering your place in the world.
I never like this song until now.
The Angels take a break from fashion show rehearsals to put their own spin on Taylor Swift’s mega-hit. Featuring Lindsay Ellingson, Alessandra Ambrosio, Candice Swanepoel, Adriana Lima, Lily Aldridge, Doutzen Kroes and Behati Prinsloo (and a cameo by T-Swift herself). Watch Taylor perform it on the runway of the 2013 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show on December 10, 10/9C on CBS.
Every wednesday at a suburban Los Angeles park in North Hollywood, a group of talented individuals come together to create a form of self-expression you may have never experienced before: a mind-blowing synthesis of sign spinning and street dance.
Daft Signz celebrates this California-born phenomenon.
What they’re actually playing instruments?
Director – Sing J. Lee
Producer – Nick Crossley
Production Company – Chief Productions
Director of Photography – Davey Gilder
VFX – Andy Galloway @ Chief & Simon Blackledge @ Space Digital
Editor and Colourist – Ian McLaughlin
Commissioner – James Hackett
Director’s Representation – Alexa Haywood @ FreeAgent UK