The 10 Bands That Won't Make It in Los Angeles

Nope, not gonna make it (see # 4).
Nope, not gonna make it (see # 4).
Flickr/Jason Scragz

Time and time again, L.A. has proved itself to be the global epicenter of live and recorded music. Bands drive here in rusted-out vans, singers flock to open mics, and every block from La Puente to Ventura has at least one garage full of dudes trying to perfect the one riff that will send them to YouTube stardom.

But with all that rocking, all those throbbing practice spaces, there are more than a few who will just fizzle out and crawl back to their respective flyover states. Here are the worst of their ilk: 

"Check out this sweet guitar solo I stole from Thin Lizzy."
"Check out this sweet guitar solo I stole from Thin Lizzy."

10. Classic Rock Lifestylers
You know who you are, with your black jeans, Bad Company T-shirts, fuzzed-out manes, and arcane knowledge of the string brands Jeff Beck used on his 1970 North American tour. In case you missed it (and you did), there was music written after 1975 and a lot of it is pretty damn good. Your slowed-down Foghat covers ain’t going to “get legions of Sunset Strip beave all revved up” or whatever in this decade, dudes.

"Post...post...What comes after 'post'?"
"Post...post...What comes after 'post'?"
Flickr/Martin Fisch

9.  Angular, Minimalist Post-Punkers
One note. Reverb. [Pause] Another note. Reverb. [Pause] Yet another note. [Pause] More reverb. “We use an obscure time signature called ‘slower than a nursing home orgy’ and our main influences are Slint, Philip Glass, and an octogenarian pushing a walker up a steep hill.” Grad school music theory projects probably look great on the page, but they don’t pass muster when played in front of people — not in this town.

"I also do children's parties."
"I also do children's parties."

8. The Wackness
Uncle Fartface’s Scrumdiddlyumptious Secret Cabinet of Clowny-Faced Zombpocalypse Furby Idiosyncrasies isn’t meant for this city. Take that shit straight back to Austin.

See also: The 10 People Who Won't Make It in Los Angeles

"It's still not sounding ramshackle enough, you guys."
"It's still not sounding ramshackle enough, you guys."
Flickr/Tim Pierce

7. Freak-Folk-Trip-Psych-Hop-Klezmer Dudes
Seriously, please pick a goddamned genre. This sort of thing was cute in high school but it doesn’t really fly in the real world. Look, you’ll probably sell out Portland with your ten drummers, four accordions, seven guitarists playing obscure Central Asian string instruments and one lady rapping in Ancient Greek — but not the City of Angels.

"This one's called 'Country Club Shuffle'..."
"This one's called 'Country Club Shuffle'..."
Flickr/Karen

6. The "Authentic" Delta Blues Band...From Arcadia
There's a fine line between "striving for authenticity" and sonic blackface and you guys are usually way over the line. “We’re honoring a tradition,” you might say, but you’re pretty much just a burnt cork away from a hate crime.



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