The Other LA, The Whisky, February 1, 2017
Rock and rollers The Other LA are not from the City of Angeles at all, but hail from the State of Louisiana. On the road and living the dream, The Other LA made their way to the legendary Whisky A Go-Go on the Sunset Strip as part of a tour out to the West Coast. For this very special performance, the band found themselves opening for Flaw, and judging by the reaction from the Whisky early arrivals, it was obvious that The Other LA were making a whole lot of new fans and friends on the road trip to the Tinseltown. CJ Pierce of Drowning Pool is a champion of the band, and even plays live with them on occasion. Although Pierce was not present for this particular show, one could easily see why he’s been so supportive of this exciting band on the rise.
Kicking off their first ever set in Los Angeles with In My Dreams for their TOLA EP, The Other LA quickly captivated the Whisky crowd with the passion and energy. Surviving Soul was a one of the show’s many highlights, demonstrating how persuasive The Other LA is with a powerhouse ballad. Hallucinations definitely rocked the house, with the band announcing that this standout song from their TOLA EP would be made into a video. In addition to selections from their Self-Released EP, two new songs were unveiled – Vanish and Run Or Hide – adding tremendously to the TOLA experience. And then closing out their set was The Connection, a stunning track that clearly left a lasting impression on the Whisky audience.
The Other LA is led by two wondrously charismatic performers – vocalist Aria sings with a glorious amount of passion and intrigue while bassist and songwriter Clan McKenzie exudes a great deal of heart and soul into the proceedings with his vibrant talent, as well as unleashes the occasional yet intensive scream vocals. Drummer Quinten Roberts, lead guitarist Adam Burgess and rhythm guitarist Gerardo Prudhomme all bring the songs to an ultra-vivid with their thoroughly professional musicianship. In a live setting, The Other LA can really deliver the goods – it will be exciting to see what the future has in store for the wonderful collective ready to take on the big leagues. In the meantime, check out their TOLA EP and be sure to catch these guys and gal the next time they show up to thoroughly rock out on the Sunset Strip!
(Review by Ken Morton – Photos by Jack Lue)
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