The Must-See Bands of Desert Daze
The third annual installment of Desert Daze returns to Southern California this weekend, with more spaced-out desert rock than ever before. With a one-day schedule, presented by Moon Block Party, packed to the teeth with fresh tunes from here and abroad all for the sum of fifty bucks, it's no wonder that Desert Daze's popularity has increased tremendously since its 2012 inception. At least part of the reason is that Desert Daze--going down April 26 at Sunset Ranch in Mecca again this year--offers an affordable alternative to bloated Coachella ticket prices. But the surge in interest in the festival is primarily a direct result of the awesomeness of their bookers.
Desert Daze is packed with the cream of the crop of upcoming (and already-come-up) bands and artists that it would otherwise take a month of international club-hopping to see. With headliners Blonde Redhead, The Raveonettes, and Unknown Mortal Orchestra, things are moving fast for Desert Daze. If you end up going--and let's be real; for fifty bucks you will--here are four acts you definitely want to check out.
Church of Sun
Long Beach natives Church of Sun deal in mesmerizing, fuzzed-out guitar riffs and LSD-soaked group vocals with more reverb than even the '60s could handle (they have a song simply named "Drugs"). Paired with their impeccable sense for melding melody and poppy hooks underneath layers of psychedelic sound, the seven-piece orchestra's sinister cultish ambiance leaves a lasting impression. Church of Sun just released their sophomore album, High Moon, on Mapled Records.
L.A.'s Froth claim '60s garage and barbeque as influences, which makes perfect sense once you hear their debut, Patterns, released last fall. With hazy vocals, blasting organs, and reverberating guitar leads, this is the perfect soundtrack for a lazy afternoon in the backyard. Think the Doors, but innocent (or at least the illusion thereof).