The Lovemakers / L.A. Girlfriend / Hi Scores
Chic, dance-friendly Bay Area indie rockers The Lovemakers, earned a dedicated following in the early 2000s thanks in no small part to their sultry live show. Founded by Stanford-educated marine biologist, Lisa Light and multi-instrumentalist Scott Blonde, the group self-released an LP in 2003 which quickly sold out at local record stores while the live show took the Oakland warehouse scene by storm. Stardom strained Light and Blonde's notoriously public relationship, but they went on to release acclaimed Times of Romance (Interscope), followed by two additional LPs before breaking up.
After an icy 4 year hiatus, the band reunited in 2011, and have been cherry-picking shows to sold-out venues throughout California.
Raised on a diet of New Order, Iron Maiden, and everything in between, Sydney Banta takes cues from the movements of the 80s to create the electronic-analog powerhouse that is L.A. Girlfriend. With simple bass lines, meaty synth sounds, and drum beats as complex as her subject matter, Banta tells stories of heartbreak and redemption while hitting on all the relatable pains and pleasures in the process. Razor-sharp, yet charmingly sweet, L.A. Girlfriend proves that beauty can bite in all the best ways possible.
HI SCORES is the brainchild of Oakland based producer Jason Stinnett aka JAYSONIK (HOTTUB/CA510/LE HEAT RECORDS) and Janaysa Lambert (MORTAR & PESTAL). Inspired by Phil Spector's Wall of Sound juxtaposed with R&B harmonies and a 2 Step bounce, HI SCORES swerves between the two lane highway of fiction and fantasy.