Sunday, August 21, 2011

LOVE GRENADES AND FONDA @ The Echo

Love Grenades' Elizabeth Wight
Love Grenades perform at The Echo.
photo by picksysticks



The first thing you notice about Love Grenades is no guitar or bass player. Made up of just percussions and synths, front-woman Elizabeth Wight's low sultry voice glides above a whisper, setting up a noirish scene Elizabeth Wight of Love Grenadesthat's joined by slow hypnotic drum beats over a electro-disco synth mix. Vintage, hypnotic disco best sounds more like it. Wight's mesmeric dancing heightens the trance-inducing melodies to the point where you just have to go along for the ride until this trip is over. Fortunately, after listening to Love Grenades, you'll wish it would last forever.

Earlier in the night brought out Fonda. Remember them? KROQ darlings in the late 90s, it's been eight years since their last album. What have they been doing since? Well, lead singer Emily Cook has been working as a screenwriter writing such flicks as "Gnomeo and Juliet" while David Klotz currently works as the music editor for a little tv show called "Glee." Now, they've just released a new album, Better Days that recalls the indie-alternative sounds of the 90's mixed with a touch of 60s Brit pop. Better Days has a dreamy-lush quality that overflows with just enough billowy melodies that that will remind you of how good alternative music used to sound like. It's a welcome flashback.

Fonda
Fonda performs at The Echo.
photograph by picksysticks