Findlay (US Debut!)


Findlay (US Debut!)

Potty Mouth, Maiah Manser

Mon · March 12, 2018

7:30 pm


This event is 21 and over

A cat scratching in her throat, full of banter and insolent, tearing cracks through nature: Natalie Findlay comes from the same bloodline as PJ Harvey or The Kills’ Alison Mosshart.

Born and raised in Manchester, but far enough away from the grips of its elders The Smiths and Joy Division, Findlay invents herself as a true original, electric guitar swinging at her side. At 17 she signs to a major label, but the dream soon turns into a complete misadventure, for her personally and for her art. Craving to regain her freedom, she creates her own label, Mint Records, signs to BMG and escapes for good.

Today Findlay runs and jumps across genres. She revisits 90s grunge, flies up into the skies of shoegaze and creates lightning with hip-hop, before landing in a dream world of garage pop. She loves Motown artists, psychedelic rock, blues and well as hip-hop, she creates electronic soundscapes drawing from all styles to mix and create textures filled with aspiration. She composes alone, mostly on guitar, sometimes on piano, or turns her voice and words into drum rhythms to serve as a canvas, always on the lookout for strange sounds and new distortions, carried by her addictive choruses.

Her list of conquests is long: The Isle Of White Festival, Sound City in London, a sold out show at Gorilla in Manchester, as well as support for Jake Bugg, Miles Kane and Brandon Flowers. In France she impressed at the Inrocks, Chorus, Europavox, Cabaret Vert and Garock Festivals, her explosive performances burning into the memories of all who attended. Early 2015 saw the release of a digital EP “Electric Bones” on BMG, which rapidly impressed the media, embodying a new era of new-wave punk-rock from the West.

She doesn’t give much of her secret away, except when it comes to poetry, heavily influenced by David Lynch’s weirdness and Michel Gondry’s “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”, both engraved into her mind as total works of art. She often dreams of writing film music, and equally curious about fashion and testing the waters of new artistic worlds.

With her first album so full of energy and powerful juvenile emotions, Findlay has got it just right, telling her tale full of emergency without filtering or watering down a thing. She describes the madness of the city of London, the broken souls, chaotic moods, the ferocious appetite for life, addiction to love, the failures and doubts lurking everywhere.

“Forgotten Pleasures” is her inner world represented by 13 songs that fit together despite their stark contrast. The sparse melancholic piano in “Sunday Morning In The Afternoon” rubs against the rough textures of “Electric Bones”, then we take a trip to the 80s with the intoxicating “Waste My Time”, illuminating the night sky with synth flashes of purple and white, before moving on to the more introspective “Monomania”, a kind of pagan prayer with its roots from minimal blues. With “On & Off” (used by BMW in their recent international campaign) the young musician clashes a sensual and cinematic 50s rock vibe with a torrent of garage rock. Both nonchalant and vulnerable, Findlay goes more riot grrrl than ever on “Junk Food”, which contrasts with the deep, almost siren-like “Forgotten Pleasures”. On the title track she remembers her darkest days and heals the wounds of the past, the ones that helped her rebuild into a stronger self. The album jitters with her indie rock influences - Beck, Tame Impala, The Velvet Underground – but she seizes the listener with her own firm grasp on music mythology and makes it her own.

On her debut album, Findlay is accompanied by Jules Apollinaire (also a co-producer) on keyboards, bass and guitar, Ben Simon on guitar, and Christina Lamas on drums. She knows how to pick her entourage well, collaborating with Carl Barat of the Libertines to compose “St. Elmo’s Fire”, and bringing in producers Jake Gosling (The Libertines, Ed Sheeran), Samy Osta (Woman, Fire Chatterton, Rover!) and Flood (Nick Cave, Depeche Mode, Smashing Pumpkins, well, just about everyone). Their mixes help reveal Findlay’s complex personality, shedding light onto its contrasting landscapes, bringing harmony and disorder together in a beautiful chaos.

The result is an album that blends the male-dominated rock sound of yesteryear with a the indomitable spirit of a girl who isn’t to be reckoned with.
Potty Mouth
Potty Mouth
Potty Mouth are Western, MA-based trio Abby Weems (guitar, lead vocals), Ally Einbinder (bass) and Victoria Mandanas (drums). Originating in 2011 from the hometown of guitar rock predecessors Dinosaur Jr., Potty Mouth emerged from a casual, "why not?" attitude when Einbinder, who met Mandanas at Smith college, set out to form a band with like-minded women who shared her interest in learning and growing together as musicians. Though no singer was chosen at the time of formation, Weems emerged as having a knack for melodies and lyric writing, and what started out as a casual pastime turned into a way of life; recording, making t-shirts, and planning tours soon came in natural succession.

One year after their formation, the band recorded a 12" vinyl EP, entitled Sun Damage, released through three small, independently-run labels. Sun Damage garnered the attention of Pitchfork, who called the six-song EP an "an impressive, no-filler debut," as well as local big-hitters The Boston Globe, who named Potty Mouth one of the top five indie-rock bands to watch in 2013.

In 2013, Potty Mouth signed with Brooklyn-based indie label Old Flame Records to release their debut full-length album, Hell Bent. NPR music premiered the album, calling it “one of the best rock albums of the year.” As Potty Mouth garnered national attention, the band began to tour more extensively, co-headlining their first full US tour with Perfect Pussy and Swearin’ in summer 2014, as well as supporting artists like Waxahatchee and Juliana Hatfield.

On August 21, 2015, the band will debut a five-song self-titled EP under their own imprint, Planet Whatever Records. Produced by John Goodmanson (Sleater-Kinney, Blonde Redhead, Bikini Kill) at London Bridge Studios in Seattle, the new EP shows off a new level of both songwriting and production for the trio. Singer-guitarist Abby Weems weaved sarcasm and melancholia throughout each track, supported by Victoria Madanas' drum-crushing progression and bassist Ally Einbinder's kick-down-the-door, solid foundation. The crisper direction emphasizes the work the triad has put in since 2013’s Hell Bent, with more vocal harmonies and bigger production, recalling the sounds of influences like Veruca Salt and Nirvana.

From 2016-2017, Potty Mouth has shared the stage with CHVRCHES, Against Me!, Bayside, Taking Back Sunday and have played some of the countries biggest including Lollapalooza and Riot Fest.

Their latest single ‘Smash Hit’ is available HERE featured on Last Call with Carson Daly.
Maiah Manser
Maiah Manser
Venue Information:
Moroccan Lounge
901 E 1st St
Los Angeles, CA, 90012