Off the 405: Burger Records Day with The Muffs, The Garden, Vajj, and more.
Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Burger Records is an independent record label and store based out of Orange County, whose prolific distribution of irreverent jangly garage-rock and exuberant surf and pop music, largely through cassettes, has become a phenomenon among SoCal youth. Known for their tireless DIY work ethic, Burger co-owners Sean Bohrman and Lee Rickard have released recordings by some of today's top indie bands like King Tuff, Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, and Shannon and the Clams, launched the career of hip teens Cherry Glazerr, and worked with bigger names like Thurston Moore, Beck, Weezer, and Ryan Adams who came to them out of love for Burger's rampant positive energy. But what distinguishes Burger is not the names that achieved success, but the championing of a mind-boggling 800+ young bands from across the country through their distribution of cassettes, vinyl, weekly online videos, playlists, shows, and festivals building a new wave of creative youth culture. Their signature festival event, Burgerama, held annually at the Santa Ana Observatory, was attended by over 5,000 people last year, and is part of a schedule of large-scale shows that include Burger Boogaloo in San Francisco, Burgermania at South by Southwest, the all-female Burger-A-Go-Go, and many more.
For a special Saturdays Off the 405, Burger Records presents The Muffs, The Garden, Jessie Jones, Gap Dream, and VAJJ in a festival format across two stages. Quintessential Burger acts from Orange County, like The Garden, a duo of sometimes-fashion-model identical twins Fletcher and Wyatt Shears and their lo-fi, gothy garage-rock, join The Muffs, the legendary L.A.-based 90's pop-punk band known for their unique blend of bubblegum and angst, who exemplify the Southern California music scenes that paved the way for the rise of the empowering, super-fun "Burger culture."
Photos by Debi Del Grande for LA Record.