Off the 405:
DJ set by Jessica Pratt and Matt McDermott
Getty Center, Los Angeles
June 10, 2017
The jangly, modish cool of The Kinks collide with flowery San Francisco bohemia in White Fence, the central project of the multi-faceted musician Tim Presley, who updates his ‘60s influenced brand of psychedelic rock with a punk and garage edge. Having evolved out of a notorious hardcore scene in San Francisco in the '90s, Presley was part of a wave of musicians active in the Bay Area, including Ty Segall, Mikal Cronin, and Thee Oh Sees’ John Dwyer, who moved to Los Angeles around 2013. With their distinctly garage rock take on nostalgic psychedelia, they formed a prodigious cell of hard-hitting but highly dexterous bands who have become known for producing some of the most exciting American rock in recent years. Of the group, White Fence dives deepest into British ‘60s pop sounds for melodic songs with a counterculture chic. His eerie falsetto and buzzy, distortion-laced guitar create what NPR called “tastefully arranged, skillfully played, guitar-oriented throwbacks to a more hopeful time, full-bodied and dripping with paisleys.”
Photos by Ashly Covington for Buzzbands LA.