BIKOS "VIDEOGAME SANDWICH DIAMONDS"

LIVE AND UNPLUGGED FROM MAKE-OUT POINT

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If The B-52s and The Talking Heads got together one strange night back in the 80s and made a baby, I'd imagine that baby might have grown up to sound just like this week's featured band, bikos (pronounced "bi-kohs"). And just like those theoretical parent bands, bikos’ music is a hell of a lot of fun... and insanely catchy. Don’t believe me? Head over to their myspace page and check out their new single “You Want It”. I’ve had it stuck in my head on and off for the past week and a half. I’m now seeking treatment.

Here’s what singer Gabe Pearlman, guitarist Daniel Hur and bassist Dave Jones had to say about their style, their upcoming album and the location of their secret crime fighting headquarters.

GORILLACOUSTIC: What does the world need to know about Bikos?

DAVE: I feel it’s that we are playing fun, original, heartfelt music for this period in time.

DANIEL: For sure. bikos is six people rocking very hard and having a ball doing it. All of us have dreamed in our own ways of creating the kind of music that we loved throughout our lives. Because where would we be if not for the music? Probably really lost and bored.

GABE: I agree. Can hardly imagine a world WITHOUT music!!! Don’t know that I want to. Can you? Wait, that would be a really interesting idea for a movie. We should do the soundtrack.

GA: How did your unique musical style come about?

DAVE: We came about it organically through the impetus of Gabe’s chords and vox meshed with our individual musical voices to create a distinct composite sound of our own.  

DANIEL: Yeah, as a band we jam on Gabe's songs, which usually start with a number of crazy chord progressions and lyrics, and each add our seasonings to the pot. Lucky for us we usually agree on what kind of soup we're trying to make. All of our songs came to life this way and it works very well for us. Our general aesthetic is something like tasteful weirdness. We want our songs to fully express their own individual mood and lyrical theme, but catch the ear with curveballs every now and then. Like we have a song called "Awkward" that seems at first like a bunch of non-sequitors, but it is a very fun ride and it ends with an expansive, satisfying chorus. But true to it’s name, it is a little awkward.

GABE: Personally, it took a long while in my life for me to feel comfortable with being musical, and sharing that with others. Our band was the turning point for that. bikos is like home… a place where we can all be ourselves. It’s a collection of some of my favorite people, and favorite musicians. And our style is homemade.

GA: What can people expect from your upcoming album?

DANIEL: From our new album you can expect a good time and some interesting things to think about.

GABE: That true bikos sound. Reaching out from the garage.

DAVE: And it’ll have diversity in tempos, moods and arrangements, but a consistency in overall approach and point of view.

GA: Why did you decide to play at makeout point?

DANIEL: Well, technically I never really thought about it as makeout point. But apparently nowadays it's become more popular with the lovebirds (And for the several couples up there when we blasted our headlights and started filming "Videogame Sandwich Diamonds," bikos sincerely hopes we didn't get all up in your game!). It's the hill overlooking Culver City and environs, which is where all of us grew up, live now, and/or generally call home. bikos is a very local outfit in that way.

GABE: Yeah, just seemed right. We had a couple other ideas, but this was where it was at. The idea of playing in a headlight lit light was also a plus, though it did make it difficult at times to see what I was playing!

GA: What other local band or bands (besides yourselves of course) should people be checking out?

ALL (in unison and in three part harmony): Ollin, Carnage Asada, Saccharine Trust, Tubby Boots, Tommy Santee Klaws, Freaky Mountain, Le Switch, Julie, the Smithfield Bargain, Matre, Wreckloose, Shrine, Voodoo Merchant, Insects vs. Robots, Chuck Dukowski Sextet, Nerver, Jinsai, The Body Parts, Dan Plaza, The Big Bounce Theory, The Sundowners, the Cigarette Bums, Tijuana Panthers, Visionaries, Bambu, Kiwi, Illafonte, and let’s not forget DJ Mbenga and Refill Jackson.

DAVE: Woh, that was craaazy how we just did that.

DANIEL: Shah… totally.

GABE: Totally Brian Shaw.

GA: If you could do another gorillacoustic performance anywhere else in the world, where would you do it?

DAVE: Eiffel Tower?  

GABE: I think the Eiffel would be cool too, especially ‘cause we have a song that references it. It’d be cool to play that song there. It’s called “Waldo and Carmen Sandiego” and it’s about the two of them finding each other at the Louvre! Also, I would love to play at the Watts Towers, one of my favorite places in the whole world.

DANIEL: It’s kind of random, but in Vienna there's this museum called Kunsthaus Wien, which is the architectural brainchild of an artist named Hundertwasser. He disdained straight lines and right angles, so the floor is all uneven and natural, and the windows make you feel like you're in a Hobbit house. It would be a great translation of our music into a space.

GA: Location of your secret crime fighting headquarters?

DAVE: Can’t tell you.  (Hint – it’s on the Westside)

GABE: Yeah, can’t reveal the exact whereabouts of our SECRET space. If we did that then we’d have the bad guys, and gals, loitering about in attempt to steal our crime-deterring and dance inducing riffs, only to use them for crime-inducing and dance-deterring!

Stay tuned for info on when you can get your hands on bikos’ new album.

In the meantime, you can check out there music on their MySpace... or better yet, find them at a show and harass them until they give you a copy of their demo. Highlights include: “You Want It” and “Make Your Sound Sound”.

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