Chatham Rise & Stratford 4 at the Echoplex LA.

Chatham Rise & Stratford 4 at the Echoplex 27th of September, LA by Luis Rodriguez

Part Time Punks organized an event of great shoegaze and psychedelic bands both relatively old and
new. As always it had a late start time. Michael Stock played shoegaze in between sets. Chatham Rise a psychedelic band from Minnesota. Their short 6 song set took the Echoplex crowd to space. Chatham opened with “autopilot” from their eponymous 2009 LP. Jeff Levitz (formerly of the Brian Jonestown Massacre) played sitar the song “Gone”. They ended their set with “Fall In”also from their debut album Tender Age are from Portland, Oregon. They are promoting their new 7 inch single Get High​/​Always 7″ . Most of their songs were upbeat dreampop songs with a hint of twee.

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Stratford 4’s come back show in LA felt really short but sweet with no more than 10 songs. They were in
great form and there was very little shoegazing. Chris Streng, the frontman and guitarist, was very
active and energetic jumping around on stage like a garage rock singer. They are promoting their lost
album “Keep your crazy head on straight “ but they played mostly songs from their first two albums
“Love and Distortion” and “The Revolt against tired noises”. Lead singer had high praise for the group
Tender Age and said he wanted to join them or at least be onstage with them. During the set, crowd
kept yelling out requests and Streng promised he’d honour them at the next LA gig, for they hadn’t
practiced all their songs yet.

Unfortunately the Stratfords didn’t play an encore. But it didn’t matter much to the crowd who were
just happy to see their heroes return after a long absensce.

Unfortunately the Stratfords didn’t play an encore. But it didn’t matter much to the crowd who were
just happy to see their heroes return after a long absensce.

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