In Los Angeles, everyone is dreaming of something. It’s a city based around the idea of casting your hopes as high as they’ll go, of shooting for the moon and knowing it’s entirely possible for you to get there. This is the sensibility that traces through Los Angelics and their impassioned songs, which take a modern spin on electro-clash fused with indie pop melodies and rock and roll attitude. “Our band name is an homage to the city,” singer Sara Coda explains. “Everyone here is on a mission, and everyone here is good at inspiring each other and holding each other accountable for their goals. The idea of pursuing dreams for the sake of it is what brought all of us together.”
Los Angelics began almost accidentally in the summer of 2012 when Coda enlisted in a songwriting class at UCLA. She was randomly paired with with Joz Ramirez and the duo immediately connected. They ended up writing throughout the summer, inspired by the song that emerged from their initial partnership. “Joz is just really good at music,” Coda says. “ And we found that our writing complimented each other. He gets rhythm in a way that most people don’t, while lyrics come easy for me. So it was a natural balance.”
Ramirez adds, “It was just easy. She was open to new ideas. I had just come out of a band I wasn’t very excited about and I didn’t want to repeat that. This band was started from the ground up, with members whose personalities complimented each other.”
They recruited Pat Campo to help round out Los Angelics’ dance-infused songs, and collectively worked the songs to become more boisterous and invigorated. Since performing their first live show at the House of Blues Foundation Room in April of 2014, they have since played over 50 shows around Los Angeles at venues like the Silverlake Lounge and Maui Sugar Mill Saloon. The live show has punched up the music’s party quality even further. The songs are equal parts serious and fun, striking a compelling balance between sincere, sometimes dark lyrical expression and buoyant, punchy instrumentation.
The band’s debut EP, Land of the Brave and Dangerous, captures these emotions in its five tracks. The EP, produced by Ramirez with Matt Wallace (Deftones, Train, Sugarcult) providing additional production and mixing, features songs forged over the past two years, revealing a distinct evolution in their style. “We were much more progressive with the production when we started.”, says Pat Campo. “We have simplified things since then. It seems counterintuitive, but less became so much more sonically.“
“Mexico”, a propulsive electro-rock number with an immediate sing-a-along chorus, captures the massive energy of their live show. “Dangerous” encompasses Los Angelics’ overall aesthetic, grappling with the idea of taking your fate into your own hands and following your dreams. “With this EP, the common thread is designing for yourself a life that you want to live,” says Coda,“A life that’s worthy of you, whatever it may be. It’s about owning your life and becoming the person you want to be.”
The band, who are currently writing songs for a full-length album, have a simple dream for the music – that it connects with the listener is some way. The bi-polarity of their songs, balancing high intensity energy with moody, biting lyrics, encourage that connection, and reflect the idea of following your dreams to their culmination.
“I want this EP to move people. Whether it’s feet on the dance floor, vocal chords in the in the shower, or a step toward creating something of their own.” Coda says. “As far as specific messages, that’s up to the listener. We’re not here to tell anyone what to think or how to live their life.”