LOS ANGELES, CA, June 15, 2012 - Los Angeles-based Drug Cabin, the new project of Nathan Thelen of Pretty Girls Make Graves and Moonrats and Marcus Congleton of Ambulance LTD, will usher in their self-titled debut EP, out June 19 on 401K Music, with a string of hometown shows this month. The four-piece band will kick off the festivities with an in-store performance at Origami Vinyl tomorrow, Saturday, June 16 followed by a gig at Backside Echo Park on Thursday, June 21 where they will also premiere their video for “Whatever Never,” which was directed by Kevin Willis (Modest Mouse, Tool). (is this correct?) The following week they will support experimental electro-pop trio E.S.P. at their ongoing weekly residency at The Echo on Monday, June 25. Thelenand Congleton will be joined by Warpaint’s Stella Mozgawawa on drums and Brandon Owens on bass.
Drug Cabin first introduced listeners to their decidedly West Coast sound with the jaunty psych-pop of “Whatever Never,” which premiered on RCRDLBL last month and is available for free download. Filter just premiered a second track, “Barracuda,” which they dubbed “a summer jam.” The track can be downloaded for free by clicking here.
Drug Cabin’s first EP was created and recorded by Thelen at friend Josh Klinghoffer’s (Red Hot Chili Peppers) house. The six-song EP was produced by Thelen’s former Pretty Girls Make Graves bandmate Nick DeWitt (Liars) and it showcases both his ear for simple yet sublime arrangements and Thelen’s songwriting prowess and knack for melody. A mix of sun-dappled pop, woozy psychedelia, and Laurel Canyon folk, the EP radiates a laid back Southern California vibe.
Although not part of the debut, Marcus Congleton, is a vital part to the growth and evolution of Drug Cabin. A fellow transplant, Congleton met Thelen in their adopted hometown of Los Angeles and instantly connected musically. Thelen and Congleton are currently at work on a collection of harmony-laden songs featuring both of them on singing and songwriting duties.