Last week, fans were in for a treat with Los Angeles-based Islands headlining the Teragram Ballroom. Opening up the evening were the very eccentric collaboration, Honus Honus. Frontman, Ryan Kattner is best known for his work with the experimental instrumental project Man Man and indie rock supergroup, Mister Heavenly. Honus Honus is a collective of Kattner and some friends. The project is described by the group as essentially low frequency, and extremely slowed down music atop traditional doo wop harmonies. “Doom Wop”. Let’s just say this was quite the experience. I was not the only attendee “thwapped” on the forehead during the set with Kattner’s flat hand. The bizarre mash up of artists include Kattner as Honus and Honus; King Cyrus King; The Skeleton Brothers; and standout Yuumi the Baba Witch. The photos below will give you a sense of the brilliant scene, but there were funky costumes worn, abnormal props such as an owl with a rotating head, reading “666,” and a Japanese man role-playing what I took as an accountant who somehow found himself on stage during the performance. Overall, I believe the crowd was entertained, while they were jumping and at times becoming unwilling participants of the performance.
Next up were Islands. Originally from Canada, but now living in Los Angeles, this indie rock band have such a charming presence. We have brothers Evan and Geordie Gordon (The Magic) on each side of the stage adding awesome technical vibes. In the back center of the stage you have multi-talented drummer, Adam Halferty (American Tomahawk). And of course, front and center you have the man behind the band’s overall form. Nick Thorburn. Originally fronting past group The Unicorns, Nick actually simultaneously formed Islands. With such an inviting and inclusive sound, Islands seem to pull fans from all parts of the music sphere. Fans lit up with joy as soon as Islands started to play. Performing old tracks, and new songs from their recent LP Taste, which explores themes of police brutality and white male privilege – subjects not previously touched by the band — L.A. definitely got a healthy dose of Islands.
Check out the photos below of Islands with Honus Honus at Teragram Ballroom.
Words & Photography: Danielle Gornbein