Hermosa Beach record label RidingEasy Records has established itself as a haven for loud stoner-metal riffs since its 2013 formation. This line-up at Permanent Records’ Roadhouse location on Cypress Avenue showcases the diversities that can still exist within that genre umbrella. L.A.’s Zig Zags are a furious mix of skate-punk and thrash riffs cribbed from the early days of Slayer and Metallica, all of it wrapped in a ball of loose garage-rock energy. Their 2019 record — They’ll Never Take Us Alive — saw the trio place an extra emphasis on the mosh-worthy moments. Austin’s The Well provide a fuzzier gallop with the psychedelic doom that is present on 2019’s Death and Consolation. Vocal interplay between guitarist Ian Graham and bassist Lisa Alley adds an extra aura of hypnosis to the proceedings.
Zig Zags and The Well play at 8 p.m. on Sunday, February 23 at Permanent Records Roadhouse.