LA WEEKLY TOP 5 LA Garage Rock Bands!

This article originally appeared in on January 31, 2012

The Blank Tapes made the LA WEEKLY TOP 5 LA Garage Rock Bands! We came in at #3! Not bad for just moving back down to LA from SF a couple months ago. Here’s the list:

After forty-odd years of revivals and re-imaginings, garage rock isn’t much of a clear-cut genre. Here in L.A., though, where garage is a persistent fixture in the venues and living rooms, you start to find a more consistent sound. It’s usually something like surf rock with a rough exterior — a raw, lo-fi groove that reverberates behind a thick wall of fuzz. For the most part, it’s not too far removed from the sounds produced by garage’s earliest acts, including native legends like The Seeds and The Electric Prunes. It still looks to be going strong, and here are five of the best.

5. Mutations

4. Neverever

3. The Blank Tapes
The Blank Tapes are the brainchild of Matt Adams, prolific songwriter and modern day coastal nomad. He’s gone from L.A. to SF and back again over the last few years, amassing a catalogue so hefty along the way you’ve got to stop and wonder whether the guy does anything other than write music. His latest album, Invisible Colors, is a collection of lo-fi rock tracks marked by a distinct So-Cal charm that drips with surf influences.

2. Dirt Dress

1. White Fence

by Reza Farazmand


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