Monthly residencies have become somewhat of an institution in Los Angeles’ thriving Echo Park/Silver Lake music scene. Every month, a local band headlines a venue like The Echo or The Satellite and plays a free show on Monday nights. In August, Cotillon took over The Echo and on Monday night, the garage rockers closed out the month on the venue’s large stage, downstairs at The Echoplex, with The Dead Ships.
Though many local music fans spent their weekend trudging through L.A. State Historic Park’s dusty fields at FYF Fest, the brave ones toughed it out for the final installment of the residency, and both Cotillon and The Dead Ships made sure their efforts weren’t for naught. Led by singer/guitarist Jordan Corso, Cotillon shredded through tracks off last year’s Votive Flower EP and the recently released White Roses EP, including its single “Talk To Her” (we premiered the video back in April!). Corso is known for his soul-baring, love-inspired lyrics (think John Hughes movie), and seeing them sung live made them even more heart-wrenching. He strutted around the stage as he played his guitar, and at one point knelt down on the stage’s edge, thrashing at his strings.
Most bands incorporate some sort of enticing gimmick for their last residency night, but Cotillon opted out of this and made its last night memorable with a straightforward, heartfelt performance, and so did The Dead Ships. The L.A.-based, soul-inspired garage rock trio has received its fair share of buzz this year for putting on killer shows, and Monday night’s was no exception. With a new single, “Golden Room,” recently released, the three-piece decided to use its set as an opportunity to try out new material. Vocalist/guitarist Devlin McCluskey stepped onstage solo and played a song before his bandmates joined him. “Was that weird?” he asked the audience, but the crowd consensus was quite the opposite.
After teasing their fans with new songs, the frenetic garage rockers appeased them with favorites “You Were Young,” and their rendition of The Band’s “Ophelia,” which they admitted they may be retiring after the night. Corso came out and jammed with McCluskey on guitar, and the mood of the night was set. It didn’t matter that it was Monday if there were good friends and great music around. We’ll cheers to that.
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