*photo by Dre Naylor Photography

We’d like to introduce an old friend and new affiliate, Andy Lara, to The Coachella Valley Art Scene’s readers.  Andy Lara will be a contributing writer to The CVAS, specializing in all thing music. We think Andy Lara is pretty amazing, and have no doubt that you will too.  

If you would like Andy to listen to your music, write about your band, or maybe set up an interview, please email sarah@thecoachellavalleyartscene.com and we will arrange. Thanks.  Enjoy!

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Pop the Glock: Ex-members of Sol District Reform as Pssstols and Fire Off

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written by Andy Lara of 4evertwentysomething

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“Could it be love or lust?” asks Aguirre in the chorus of “Domino.” Oh, that’s easy, dude. We are totally in love with PSSSTOLS.

Rising from the ashes of 760 dance-punk band Sol District, the CVAS’s best live band of 2008, comes PSSSTOLS: a straight-ahead post-punk band that retains some of Sol District’s dance elements, but unlike Sol District, PSSSTOLS’ main priority is not turning the dance floor into a hedonistic Ibiza nightclub– the dance elements are not in the foreground here. Instead, the band ditches the cowbells, funky bass riffs, and four-on-the-floor beats in favor of a more introspective and serious (but not dark), bigger, charged and urgent sound.

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Guitarist Sal Gutierrez and vocalist Victor Aguirre reprise the same roles in PSSSTOLS as they did in their previous bands (Sol District [ex UN/Unemployed]), but it seems after years of playing together they have finally arrived at a more defined and unique sound. Rounded out by drummer Joel Guerrero (ex-Antic Phantom), guitarist Jesus Escarrega (ex-String Theory and The Movie Colony), and bassist Nick Hernandez, PSSSTOLS’ pummeling and polished sound brings to mind contemporary U.K. post-punk bands White Lies and Savages due to Aguirre’s woeful baritone and Gutierrez and Escaregga’s effect-dripping, razor sharp riffs.

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The first offerings from PSSSTOLS are “Domino” and “Marizabelle” (which you should check out at the band’s bandcamp page right now). Arguably, the better of the two tracks, “Domino”, is a pulsating, modern rock-radio friendly track featuring a driving, deep bass line that establishes a steady rhythm allowing syncopated guitars to weave in-and-out, leading up to a dramatic, energetic and catchy chorus. The most surprising part of the song comes after the first chorus, where instead of reverting to a second verse, the song jumps into a sort of breakdown that sounds like an amped-up Interpol.

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With post-punk precision, new-wave flair and a stadium-esque sea of effects, PSSSTOLS has crafted a unique desert-influenced sound, and it is picking up where Sol District left off, ready to carry the torch of desert rock to new heights and superstardom.  Check out PSSSTOLS this Saturday at The Hood in Palm Desert.

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Get more at:

https://www.facebook.com/PSSSTOLS

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