LAist Presents: White Arrows @ Spaceland 08/09/10
White Arrows will be performing at Spaceland every Monday night this month for free | Picture via White Arrows' Myspace
We'll be the first to say it: We hope that White Arrows find fame, but for the right reason. Not because they all die in a fiery airplane crash at the height of their career, or because they accidentally strangle themselves with the cord of a pulley-operated mechanical bed of their own design, or even because front man Mickey Schiff collapses in the process of snorting a satchel's worth of cocaine off of his dog's coat.
No, none of the above. We hope they become famous because they have a residency at Spaceland.
Just over a year ago we stumbled across Schiff in a ramshackle dive bar on a stretch of Colorado Boulevard, in a part of Glendale that is seemingly unincorporated—what was then referred to as the Scene Bar (now LaBrie's).
White Arrows - "Coming Or Going"
In retrospect, it was a perfect union: no frills, no fodder, just unadulterated rock-and-roll and the seediest of locales. But to say that it was a burgeoning sound in a burgeoning "scene" would be a vast overstatement.
Seldom do bands graduate from playing one-offs at the aforementioned, relatively diminutive venue to having their very own residency. And, in a city where the free Monday night residencies comprise the gold-standard (you can always count on NPR to point out the obvious), you simply falter and fly under the radar without one.
Of course, for every vibrant, lucid moment, there are dozens of dull, cryptic ones. For most musicians, true mobility necessitates tremendous feats of balance. They must walk a tightrope between two constant variables—between lust and forethought, triumph and flop.
But beneath Schiff's decidedly quirky exterior (yes, his entire wardrobe consists of Hawaiian dress shirts), there is an aggressively enterprising spirit rumbling to a boil. He is the anomalous, creative linchpin of the band and its success—whatever that may be, whenever it may be.
White Arrows' August Spaceland Residency
Please join us tonight at Spaceland to experience it all for yourself. Yours truly, or rather in Mickey's words, "the TastyMaker aka HulaHustla aka DJ Impressman will be supplying the jams on the 1's and 2's."
Lost in the Trees
Twins (featuring Blake Mills, Darren Weiss of PAPA, and Zach Dawes of Mini Mansions)
Heavy Young Heathens