*The Following Press Release Was Issued By Big Hassle Media*
|LOS ANGELES DIY ROCK BAND THE PARANOYDS SHARE SOPHOMORE LP TALK TALK TALK VIA THIRD MAN RECORDS|
WATCH “FREAK OUT” (LIVE VIDEO)
THE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR KICKS OFF OCTOBER 13 IN SANTA ANA, CA
UK DATES BEGIN NOVEMBER 23 IN LONDON
GET TICKETS NOW HERE
|Artwork photo credit: JJ Stratford / Album design credit: Jordan Williams|
|“Scowling, winking garage rock. Full of lethal riffs, but toying with clap-along twee, The Paranoyds’ … splits the difference between Bratmobile and The Go-Gos, with a little Blondie thrown in…[‘Girlfriend Degree’ is] a mission statement and a battlecry for a band equally interested in laughing as the world burns and fixing it.”|
|“Sweet, grungy goodness.”|
“The Paranoyds don’t shy away, they seem to be embracing all the good and dealing with the evil too. They even go so far as to provide the people with the perfect sound to dance it all off to.”
“With their latest single [“BWP”], [The Paranoyds] send us into the bowels of New York City, unveiling a wave of distorted guitars that would make Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon look on with great admiration.”
|Photo credit: David Perlman|
|Los Angeles-based DIY rock band The Paranoyds share their highly anticipated sophomore LP Talk Talk Talk out everywhere now via Third Man Records. Alongside the release of the album, the band shares new single & live video shot on VHS, “Freak Out” ahead of their lengthy fall tour across North America and the UK. Find a full list of dates below, and grab tickets via theparanoyds.com/#Tour.|
The Paranoyds second album, Talk Talk Talk, is a sentimental, sci-fi-infused testament to their almost lifelong unbreakable bond that gives the band space to expand, evolve and above all, have fun. Over 11 tracks, the band experiments with sounds like vintage synthesizers, sampling and multi-layered drum tracks that melt together showcasing the innovative range of the rising rockers and best friends.
Expanding on what the album means to the band, bassist and vocalist Staz Lindes shares, “‘Talk Talk Talk’ is a wild ride of sentimentality sprinkled with Twilight Zone paranoia and just plain old fun pop rock. I love the diversity of this album. We experimented with new sounds and pushed ourselves to try it all. ‘Talk Talk Talk’ is our child born from the strength and dedication of The Paranoyds in a wacky, depressing and confusing time.” Lindes continues, “We were able to overcome something super scary together and kept a dream alive that at times felt irrelevant and unattainable. And damn, it was fun!”
The fall tour officially begins on October 13 in Santa Ana, CA and moves through the South, Midwest, plus a date in Toronto, ON before concluding in their home city of Los Angeles on November 12. Then, the band heads to the UK for a string of dates through the end of November beginning in London and concluding on December 1 in Ramsgate.
“Freak Out” embodies an otherworldly, massive crush that is impossible to ignore, complete with call-and-response style vocals that reinforce it. The track ultimately inspired the title of the forthcoming album as it includes the words, “talk, talk, talk” several times throughout. Guitarist and vocalist Lexi Funston adds that the song is about, “having a big ol’, out-of-control, teenage crush. There are flashes where you realize that you might be coming on a bit too strong, but they are BRIEF and you continue to lose yourself to the obsession. You can’t help it!”
Its accompanying DIY video was shot over the course of December 2021 through May 2022 by Funston and friends. It peels back the curtain and documents the band in their most natural state, from the studio, to the stage and in the moment.
Watch “Freak Out” (Official Live Video)
The album release follows previously shared singles–the fuzzy “BWP” that sees the band attempt to escape life’s monotonous routine, along with its hypnotizing video. The second single was the punchy, societal critique of “Single Origin Experience” where the band observes flawed American values and pokes fun at the country’s dedication to mass marketing and wide surveillance. Indie music tastemaker Under the Radar Magazine included the track in their Notable New Tracks list. The lead gritty, lo-fi punk track “Lizzie” came with a retro, 80’s-inspired video where the four-piece is seen rocking aluminum foil hats and dancing robotically, straight out of the Terminator. RIFF Magazine calls the track, “The futuristic punk you didn’t know you’d been waiting for” and GrimyGoods wrote, “Over skittering electric riffs and spacey punk…’Lizzie’ is cosmically fuzzy as it [heralds] its groovy eclecticism.”
The Paranoyds are Southern California DIY rock royalty, unafraid and unapologetically in perpetual pursuit of a good time. Fueled by the fiery energy of their live shows paired with raw lyricism and subtle societal commentary, The Paranoyds are ready to take their artistry to new heights. The close-knit four-piece is made up of Laila Hashemi (keys/vocals), Lexi Funston (guitar/vocals), Staz Lindes (bass/vocals) and David Ruiz (drums/vocals), who together masterfully blend light-hearted playfulness with sharp sincerity over fuzzy guitar, dreamy vocals and punchy, punky rock-n-roll.
The band has caught the attention of several leading tastemakers as they continue to build on their fervent fanbase. LADYGUNN called their music “upbeat” yet “ominous” and added the band is “edgy and cute all at once and their music reflects that youthful energy that you wish you could bottle.” Surviving The Golden Age wrote, “…[“Girlfriend Degree’s”] fuzzy guitars are reminiscent of bands like the Kinks or more modernly The Hives. Although the track is fairly mid-tempo, it still sounds urgent; it is a sign of a band who knows how to make anthems,” and that “Carnage Bargain is a huge triumph for The Paranoyds” Of their debut LP, Carnage Bargain, Bandcamp lauded, “The production…is superb, highlighting the dreamy vocals.”
See The Paranoyds live this fall across North America with support from Milly, Upchuck, Tchotchke and Bad Waitress. Plus, The Paranoyds will bounce around the UK this November and early December. Get tickets now here and see a full list of dates below.
Built on profound friendship, Talk Talk Talk, out everywhere now, sees The Paranoyds evolve with their musicianship as they build a world of their own. Filled with punchy satire, cathartic anthems and raw lo-fi punk rock, the 11-track collection brings The Paranoyds to new heights, showing no signs of stopping. See the band on their fall tour across North America and the UK with tickets available now here. Shop merch, music and more at theparanoyds.com and find The Paranoyds on Instagram, YouTube and Facebook to keep up with the rising rockers.
LISTEN: “BWP” | WATCH
LISTEN: “Single Origin Experience”
LISTEN: “Lizzie” | WATCH
|The Paranoyds North American Tour Fall 2022|
Oct.13 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room #
Oct. 14 – San Diego, CA – The Casbah #
Oct. 15 – Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar # (Milly only)
Oct. 19 – Dallas, TX – CheapSteaks +
Oct. 21 – Nashville, TN – Third Man Records +
Oct. 22 – Atlanta, GA – 529 +
Oct. 23 – Durham, NC – The Pinhook +
Oct. 25 – Washington, DC – Songbyrd &
Oct. 26 – Philadelphia, PA – PhilaMOCA &
Oct. 27 – Austin, TX – Levitation
Oct. 28 – Brooklyn, NY – Market Hotel & (+ 95 Bulls)
Oct. 29 – Boston, MA – Cafe 939 &
Oct. 31 – Toronto, ON – Monarch Tavern ^
Nov. 2 – Detroit, MI – Third Man Records ^
Nov. 3 – Chicago, IL – Schubas ^
Nov. 4 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th St. Entry = ^
Nov. 8 – Seattle, WA – Barboza %
Nov. 9 – Portland, OR – Polaris Hall %
Nov. 11 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
Nov. 12 – Los Angeles, CA – Lodge Room
* Dates supporting Jack White
# Dates with Milly and Mo Dotti
& Dates with Tchotchke
+ Dates with Upchuck
^ Dates with Zilched
= Dates with Bad Waitress
% Dates with Spoon Benders
UK Tour Dates
Nov. 23 – London, UK – Sebright Arms
Nov. 24 – Cardiff, UK – Clwb Ifor Bach
Nov. 26 – Manchester, UK – Mood Swings at YES
Nov. 27 – Birmingham, UK – Dead Wax
Nov. 28 – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
Nov. 30 – Brighton, UK – The Hope & Ruin
Dec. 1 – Ramsgate, UK – Ramsgate Music Hall
Artwork photo credit: JJ Stratford / Album design credit: Jordan Williams
|Talk Talk Talk (LP) Tracklisting:|
03. Nissan Overdrive
05. Single Origin Experience
06. Freak Out
08. Over and Done
09. 6th Street Bridge
10. LA 2032
|Photo credit: David Perlman|
|The Paranoyds Bio:|
The Paranoyds have the kind of connection people only dream of: as non-biological sisters who have known each other longer than they haven’t and speak a language that no one else can understand.
With a bond that began in preschool, Laila Hashemi (keys/vocals) and Lexi Funston (guitar/vocals) were always inseparable, so when they met Staz Lindes (bass/vocals) in ninth grade, it felt like they had known her all along. After all, they were a “package deal.” In high school, they began making music together in a friend’s laundry room and their relationship just blossomed from there. When it came time to add in a drummer, David Ruiz, who joined the band in 2015, fit in like he had been there all along. It’s that special bond that has solidified their relationship as bandmates who connect seamlessly to one another’s energy on stage — and best friends. And it’s the one thing that has remained a constant throughout the past two years.
Like so many others, the pandemic brought about unexpected change for The Paranoyds — both good and bad. Before the pandemic, the Los Angeles-based group was invited to perform at a Third Man Records showcase at SXSW. The opportunity ultimately led to the group signing to the label in 2021.
The band’s forthcoming release and first on Third Man, Talk Talk Talk, is rooted in the life-altering transformation they experienced since 2020. The process began back in April 2020 when they drove to San Francisco to record seven demos from the album at John Vanderslice’s Tiny Telephone Studios. There, the band’s unbreakable friendship was tested once again as they ended up crashing at the studio for a week with no air conditioning or showers.