Press Release: BeachLife presents the VELVET STARLINGS on the RIPTIDE stage Friday May 13, 2022 @ 1:00 pm

LA-based indie/garage rock band Velvet Starlings  are playing Beachlife on Friday, May 13th. They go on at 1:00pm on the Riptide Stage.  
Last week, we released their psychedelic “There’s Nobody There” video. The song chronicles the isolation and loss of connection caused by the pandemic, the eerie ghostly vocal echo effects create an atmosphere that washes in the desperate feeling of emptiness of isolation. 
“There’s Nobody There” is taken from the band’s 2021 critically-acclaimed debut Technicolour Shakedown which was released on vinyl this past February. 
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Los Angeles’ Velvet Starlings are 2021’s answer to psychedelic, gritty garage rock that sparked elations in the 1960s… recalls ’60s garage rock forebear like their LA ancestors The Standells and The Seeds…” – FLOODInfectious Rock n’ Roll outfit Velvet Starlings will have you shook… hits you hard with its static soundscapes of jangly guitars, thrashing drums and tambourine.”  – EARMILK
… a sharp introduction to a teenager who as a young lad was deep-diving into the catalogs of rock greats and appropriating his British dad’s musical gear to learn to play the songs.” –
Are Awash in Ruby-Tinged Psychedelia forThere’s Nobody There” Video
Playing BeachLife Festival (Redondo Beach, CA), Schellraiser Festival (McGill, NV) and a round of UK Dates!Critically-Hailed Debut Technicolour Shakedown Available on Vinyl via Kitten Robot Records / Sound x 3 Records Purchase HERE
Velvet Starlings “There’s Nobody There”Link
May 4, 2022 (Los Angeles, CA) — Following the release of the perpetual motion video for “Can’t Control” with its Billy Elliot-inspired narrative, LA-based VELVET STARLINGS return with their latest video “There’s Nobody There,” a psychedelic ruby-hued pastiche of performance, static visuals and over-saturated images. Taken from the band’s 2021 critically-acclaimed debut Technicolour Shakedown which was released on vinyl this past February, “There’s Nobody There” grasps at a darker psychedelic groove and track, anchored by Harrison-esque or Byrds-styled twelve string guitar riffs.  Chronicling the isolation and loss of connection caused by the pandemic, the eerie ghostly vocal echo effects create an atmosphere that washes in the desperate feeling of emptiness of isolation.“We shot the video for ‘There’s Nobody There’ at the height of the Covid-19 restrictions,” explains songwriter, recording wizard, singer, guitarist, keyboardist Christian Gisborne. “Half the scenes are videos of me and my guitar shot with my iPhone and a tripod at an abandoned park, under the freeway and in some empty bushes.”Taking advantage of not only the cover of night but also the desolate environs that the quarantine afforded, they were able to capture the feeling of isolation perfectly. “We shot at 2am when there was quite literally ‘nobody there’,” he continues. “I think this song and video really captures the feeling of what it really was like during that era where we really didn’t know what was going on or where things would be in the coming months. The rest of the album has a very positive and outgoing sentiment however this track is rooted in the very real doom and gloom that was on our minds in late 2020.”
Velvet Starlings (hi-res)
Photo credit: Megan Blanchard
Originally released August 27, 2021, the youthful ’60s-infused garage rock ‘n’ roll band is gearing up for a busy 2022 with a slate of live shows and festival dates, including Redondo Beach, CA’s BeachLife Festival on May 13th where they share the stage with Weezer, 311, Black Pumas and Cold War Kids and McGill, NV’s Schellraiser Festival on June 5th alongside Broncho and Old 97’s before heading over to the UK for a round of dates later that month.Hailing from Los Angeles and the beach cities of Southern California, Velvet Starlings has released a handful of EPs, singles and its debut album Technicolour Shakedown all before the band members could legally drink.  Founded by Christian Gisborne (who incidentally tracked, engineered, mixed and produced their debut album), Velvet Starlings rose to national prominence when they won the “Emerging Stage” competition at Milwaukee’s Summerfest 2019.  In 2021, the band returned to Summerfest, but this time on the main stage alongside with Black Pumas, The Struts, Pixies and Cold War Kids.
So amazing! My mind is blown! See them live. It’s like going to the Cavern Club in the 60s.” – Rodney Bingenheimer – Sirius XM At last, America has a great, exciting, relevant new guitar band.  I defy you to listen and not be blown away.” – BBC Radio Authentic and fresh… “This is the real deal.” – Brian Lucey (Grammy® Award-Winning Mastering for Arctic Monkeys, Royal Blood, The Black Keys) I love the music and the message and am especially inspired by his ability to appeal emotionally and provoke intellectually.” – Shepard Fairey
Technicolour Shakedown is the follow -up to 2019’s EP Love Everything, Love Everyone.  Gisborne (who turned 19 in May) released his debut self-titled EP Velvet Starlings when he was 15.  Both EP’s charted in the top 5 at Specialty Radio and hit #1 on KROQ’s “Locals Only.”  Gisborne also caught the attention of, among others, BBC Radio, Shepard Fairey, and The Kinks’ Dave Davies who all count themselves as fans of Velvet Starlings.  Speaking about the album which hearkens neo-’60s garage – best described as beach-fuzz-psych with a big cheeky nod to the UK Invasion, Gisborne says “in the doom and gloom of Covid I found myself reminiscing all the time about the days when we would wait in line for hours to see our favorite bands.  The songs on the first album reflect everything I felt I was missing out on.”Velvet Starlings are Christian Gisborne (vocals, guitars, keys), Foster Poling (drums) and Hudson Poling (bass). Technicolour Shakedown is now available on vinyl via Kitten Robot Records / Sound x 3 Records.
4. Can’t Control5. There’s Nobody There6. No Regrets7. Colours On The Canvas8. Young Ideas9. Technicolour Shakedown10. Turn It On

MAY 13                 BeachLife Festival 2022 (Redondo Beach, CA)MAY 21                 The Phoenix Theater (Petaluma, CA)JUN 05                  Schellraiser Music Festival 2022 (McGill, NV)           JUN 09                  Dive (Hull, UK)JUN 10                  EBGBS (Liverpool, UK)    JUN 11                  Dead Wax Digbeth (Birmingham, UK)      JUN 18                  The Water Rats (London, UK)JUN 23                  PJ Molloys (Dunfermline, UK)             JUN 24                  Broadcast (Glasgow, UK)     JUN 25                  Sneaky Pete’s (Edinburgh, UK)  JUN 30                  The Cornish Bank (Falmouth, UK)


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