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L.A. Unheard: Future Ghost's 1.21 gigawatt rock

May 17, 2011 |  3:22 pm

Future Ghost

Editor's note: Every week, our colleagues at Brand X’s L.A. Unheard column unearth one of L.A.’s best undiscovered acts.

The band: Future Ghost, an L.A. trio with history in San Francisco and Texas.

The sound: For its debut album, the band turned to studio veteran Pete Lyman (No Age, Abe Vigoda) for production duties. On tracks such as "Boys in the Attic," the band reveals an epic take on lo-fi punk reminiscent of early '00s barnstormers like ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead as well as '90s revivalists Cymbals Eat Guitars. The formula's simple enough: fuzz-guitar riffs, a rhythm section as slow and heavy as a molasses-filled robot, and heart-on-flannel-sleeve vocals from frontman Brandon Tomas -- but as we learned in math class, use it right and it works every time.

The details: Future Ghost's album is due this fall from Echo Park's Origami Vinyl; the band will play the Silver Lake Jubilee on Sunday, joining a weekend lineup including Geotic, Ima Robot, the Black Apples, Jail Weddings and Origami label-mates Summer Darling. They’ll hit the Echo for a free follow-up gig on Monday.

The rest: Download a new track from the band on Brand X.

--David Greenwald

Photo: Future Ghost. Credit: Shane Moore