Posts Tagged ‘Synthpop’


What an amazing night for music at the Ace of Spades in Sacramento it was yesterday. We will be bringing you our full coverage of all the bands from the night but let’s start it off with our feature on The Birthday Massacre. Hailing from Canada, this hybrid new wave, gothic rock and electronic infused band really made an impression on Sacramento!

It was a stormy day that left the roads flooded in some parts of Sacramento but that didn’t stop the dedicated fans from coming out to the show. After braving the 3 1/2 hour drive in rain and dodging the lightning storm, we were glad to finish off the night with a stellar set from The Birthday Massacre. Their music is as if they gave a refreshing vibrant makeover to the 90’s new wave synth dates, without feeling dated. Their energy was infectious as they each have a cinematic stage presence. We were treated to many of their songs from their recently released album, Superstition and each one had you wanting more. I was hoping to pick up the new album but unfortunately (well, fortunate for them) they had sold out of them! You can head over to iTunes here and pick it up online. With spotlight songs like Divide, Superstition and Surrender you are going to love it.

Check out the photos from our Rockin Ryan of their set:

There are still several dates left on the tour, so if they are coming to a venue near you, do your best to try and make it out to a show!

  • DEC 05 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
  • DEC 06 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
  • DEC 09 Salt Lake City, UT – Murray Theatre
  • DEC 10 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theatre
  • DEC  13 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club
  • DEC 14 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
  • DEC 16 Cleveland, OH – The Agora Ballroom
  • DEC 17 Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot Ballroom
  • DEC 18 Toronto, CAN – Mod Club Theatre

Make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest news.

~ Marisol

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Today our music scene contains a never ending list of genres or subgenres but what we really are missing is a rekindling of our love for punk rock and synth. Imagine a young band that brings to life your love of 90’s synth pop music and wraps it deliciously in young spirited punk rock. No need to dream about it, because Pink Slips is the answer to your wishes. The LA based punk rock band, Pink Slips is fronted by 17 year old Grace McKagan. Yes, the name might sound familiar, she is the daughter of Duff McKagan (GUNS N’ ROSES/VELVET REVOLVER/WALKING PAPERS).

In addition to Grace, the band features Keenan Bevens and Trent Peltz and they have recently released their infectiously catchy 6 song EP, Say L’or Venus which is available on iTunes here.  Grace’s vocals remind me of a blend of Debbie Harry, Kim Wilde and modern day Taylor Momsen. She brings out such a fun flirty side to her music. It is charismatic, edgy and invigorating.


The EP starts right off with my favorite song, Googlie Eyes and I love the attitude in this song and it’s fun spirited bounce. You immediately fall in love with Grace’s voice and then you are taken right into Dream Boy which delivers a smitten kitten vibe. You can’t  help but move when you are listening to the EP and even more so when Foxy Feline comes on. Check out the video for it here:

Grace can bring such a maturity and depth of emotion to her voice as she does in the edgy mysterious Cruella song which is another one of my faves. It is such a creative track that has a very Jefferson Airplane – Go Ask Alice vibe. It is swirling with atmosphere and tones that take you on a magical journey. Meet You At the Moon has a catchy chorus and once again Grace displays that flirty attitude in her voice as you can’t help but be drawn to her. The EP wraps up with Bratty Attitude and this is one bad ass track and I love the organic nature of the song. It brings out their youthful vibe and is definitely soon to be an anthem for the young! You are full on with energy and ready to listen to the EP all over again. What is nice about the Pink Slips is, that their music is youthful, yet has the maturity that will also attract 40-somethings who long for new music that delivers the passion of the songs from their own youth.

Quite an impressive EP and I hope you get a chance to pick up this musical gem. It will bring your emotions to life, have you dancing around and feel so alive with energy. I am hoping they will tour in support of the EP because I can only imagine the adrenaline of these three live!

We will see if we can bring you an interview with them soon.  For now, make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest news.

~ Marisol

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