If you bring up the topic of The Movies to any music aficionado in L.A. you'll get responses like,"They're amazing", "Best live band in the city", or "I want to have Timothy James' first child". So it seems odd that with all the recent band signings going on The Movies were completely left out. They have become the band you love to love. An astounding group of musicians whose stage presence, plus the entertainment value of T. James, is impossible to capture, you just have to be there. The Movies were, and always are, amazing to watch live. They put the rock in the slingshot then proceeded to open up the last residency night for Division Day.
If tonight's theme was originality then it seems fitting that it was Division Day's last residency gig. After repeated listens to The Mean Way In a while back it became clear that they were one of the few bands in L.A. that were impossible to categorize. They've always sounded like a slew of indie references without actually giving nods to anyone in particular, and that's what I love about them. The crew just released their first album called Beartrap Island, which you can order here. And what could be more sincere than to offer orange wedges and cupcakes to their fans, take that Deerhoof! It's an indication that they truly care about what they're doing as well as the crowd they aim to rock.
-All photos by Scott McDonald