It’s a testament to the hard work and hustle of those working behind the scenes to make the Los Angeles live music scene work that one could find a gem of a show, late on a Sunday night like the Frankie Rose show this past weekend at the Echoplex. Presented under the umbrella of Part Time Punks, one of L.A.’s most preeminent concert, music and DJ-ing collectives, the scene was relaxed, more akin to a backyard get together than a prestigious concert at one of Los Angeles’ premiere music venues. That being said, if you had even an ounce of affinity for modern day lo-fi, dream pop vibes, then this was the place to be.
Top & Bottom-Left: Suburban Living, Bottom Right: Business of Dreams
What a better place to start than the opening acts? L.A.’s own Business of Dreams, the project of ex-Terry Malts guitarist Corey Cunningham, kicked things off with a sparse, atmospheric set that set the mood just right for this c86-echoing night of music. Also drawing plaudits were Frankie Rose’s touring partners on this leg, Suburban Living. Hailing from Philadelphia, this indie rock quartet won over those in the crowd unfamiliar with their work before that night (yours truly, included) with a set full of nimble, sparkling tunes that effortlessly and cooly got the crowd on hand to move and groove along. Wouldn’t be much of a stretch to slide in some songs off of their 2016 album, Almost Paradise, in between some Beach Fossils or DIIV songs on your next playlist.
But it was clear as the crowd grew thick and the patio dwellers rolled in, just who the main attraction was, as Frankie Rose then took center-stage. Drawing from her newest release, Cage Tropical, the ten-year-plus veteran of the scene radiated with excitement, as she sounded thrilled to be playing to a chill crowd at a spot “across the street from my old apartment”, as she intimated between songs. Some old songs, such as “Pair of Wings” off of Interstellar made their way onto the setlist for the night, but the majority of the set drew on shedding the Phil Spector “Wall of Sound”-esque underpinnings of her early work for songs that were richer, fuller, and, most importantly, featured her rich voice and knack for deft guitar jams. Bowing out after an hour of tunes and a tidy encore, Frankie and company left the stage to a raucous chorus of cheers from a crowd of folks who likely sleepwalked that following Monday (but knew it was worth it).
You can find purchase Cage Tropical by clicking [this link], and check out Frankie Rose’s work by [clicking here]. For Suburban Living’s music, [click here], and the music of Business of Dreams can be found by clicking [this link]. And make sure to catch Frankie Rose on her remaining tour dates listed below:
Words and Photos by Lee Bedrouni