Pre-Coachella Party: !!! + Zechs Marquise @ Detroit Bar

Nic Offer of !!! likes to dance

Marcel Rodriguez Lopez and Marfred Rodriguez Lopez of Zechs Marquise chop it up at Detroit Bar

The two bands playing Costs Mesa’s intimate, chic-grunge Detroit Bar Thursday night were big. Too big.

Too big for the stage they took, in sheer size, sound and force. Big enough to play Coachella too, to thousands of screaming fans. But on the Thursday night before Coachella weekend, I caught these two astounding bands up close…and for a lot less money.

The night started with instrumental mind-melting jams from Zechs Marquise, the buzzworthy El Paso, Texas prog-rock outfit that not only sounds like The Mars Volta’s little brother, but actually includes three of them. Marfred, Marcel and Rikardo Rodriguez-Lopez play bass, drums and keys respectively, and happen to be the younger siblings of infamous Mars Volta guitarists Omar Rodriguez Lopez. (Drummer Marcel Rodriguez Lopez plays in the Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group).

I discovered these guys when they opened for friends and Sargent House labelmates RX Bandits at The Glasshouse in Pomona a few months back. And while I was blown away then, Thursday’s set was insane. Grooving basslines meshed with frenetic guitar riffs, while Marcel was astoundingly able to keep up to constantly changing rhythms. No singing, but a great prog-rock fix when you’ve already mastered the entire Volta collection.

Next up was veteran psychedelic dance-funk !!! (pronounced Chk Chk Chk). The Sacramento-based band has been starting parties since 1996 and continues to put on an extremely energetic and fun live show. Lead singer Nic Offer handles most of the entertainment with his sexual dance moves that look a little like humping. By the second song, Offer was in the crowd singing face to face with all the fans. It was nuts.

!!! released a new album recently, entitled “Strange Weather, Isn’t It?” Standout tracks are “AM/FM”, “Jamie, My Intentions Are Bass”, and “Hollow”.

Zechs Marquise, formed in 2009, has been touring on their first full-length, “Our Delicate Stranded Nightmare.” A new record on the way. Expect your mind to be blown.

LIVE VIDEOS from both performances below:

New Music Friday


Amazon MP3, which has been making waves with its music download deals, steals and collaborations is offering 100 albums for free right now!

Check em out RIGHT HERE.

The cool part is that not all 100 mp3 albums suck. In fact, there’s some pretty good stuff to be found. For free!

This is what I “purchased” for $0.00:

The following items were ordered:

Animal [MP3 Download] $0.00
By: Miike Snow
Sold By: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Saddle Creek sampler 2008-2009 [MP3 Download] $0.00
By: Various
Sold By: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Sargent House Sampler [MP3 Download] $0.00
By: Various Artists
Sold By: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Frenchkiss Records Super Sampler [MP3 Download] $0.00
By: Various Artists
Sold By: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Sample This Sh*t [MP3 Download] $0.00
By: Various
Sold By: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Digital Bang: The 2010 Sub Pop Sampler For Amazon [MP3 Download] $0.00
By: Various Artists
Sold By: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

I haven’t listened to any of it yet, but judging by the buzz I’ve heard of Miike (two “i”s) Snow and the bands I do know on these indie labels, I should have some good findings to report.

(RX Bandits – Sargent House, The Faint, Bright Eyes – Saddle Creek, Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes – Sub Pop, and Local Natives – Frenchkiss)