Arguably the best festival in Southern California, Desert Daze 2017 has come and gone. While the festival was a blast, it’s a bonus when bands hang around Los Angeles and perform for fans afterwards. And that’s especially true for international touring artists like Australia’s The Babe Rainbow, because otherwise a 130 mile trek to the desert would be their only opportunity to catch the band in the greater LA metropolitan area.
It was a decidedly sleepy post-festival Tuesday night when The Babe Rainbow with Canadian tourmates The Orange Kyte, Brooklyn’s own Maybird (who can count Patrick Carney of The Black Keys among their famous fans) and local psych stalwarts Hearty Har, in tow descended upon the Echoplex. Hearty Har effortlessly impressed, their blend of garage rock and psych rock, combined with the magnetic stage presence of frontmen Shane and Tyler Fogerty, whipped the sleepy crowd into shape, inspiring more than a few audience members to get off the venue furniture and make their way to the floor to dance. They’ve got a show coming up at The Echo opening up for The Shelters on December 5 that I couldn’t recommend highly enough.
Clockwise from the top: Hearty Har, Maybird and The Orange Kyte
Next up were The Orange Kyte, whose brand of psychedelic dream pop was taken up a notch by some stellar saxophone playing. Maybird then played to the growing audience, winning over the crowd with tunes like “Turning Into Water” and “To The Stars.”
The remaining stragglers from the desert having poured in, The Babe Rainbow took the stage to a rapt audience. Their blend of easy-going ’60s pop and rock made for the perfect soundtrack for the evening. A dance circle broke out midset as the crowd gave into groove. With guitars and bongos cascading all around, the quartet showed they had more than enough left over from the festival circuit to give their LA fans one hell of a bonus show before rolling out of town.
Words and photos by Lee Bedrouni