Late Night Friends - 'What I Think I'm Not' (album stream) (premiere)

by PopMatters Staff

3 August 2015

Los Angeles' Late Night Friends eschew a sunny Cali vibe for a greyer, heavier, northern British aesthetic that recalls '90s shoegaze.

Ride fans listen up. L.A.‘s Late Night Friends have you covered with fresh, new, indie shoegaze heavily influenced by the cloud-laden skies of England and the swirling dance textures of modern British rock. is excited about the band, as is Daytrotter. Late Night Friends will be releasing their debut album produced by Steve Kille (Dead Meadow), What I Think I’m Not, this coming Friday, August 7th, and we’ve got the full premiere for you.  Meanwhile, the band tells us about how the record came about…
“None of us really had expectations of making it big with our music. We’ve all been playing music for most of our lives and played in all sorts of projects. It is easy to become jaded, especially in a city like Los Angeles. What’s special about Late Night Friends is that it is a bit of a creative sanctuary for us to create something authentic. We all come from different backgrounds and have different influences, but our love and respect for one another creates an environment where we can really pour our hearts out as we write together, without fear of judgement.

Our different perspectives shape the sound beyond what we’re capable of producing individually and we’re all proud of the result. Plus, it’s just fun. We’d probably rather get together over a few beers and make some noise over going out, unless a good band is playing or something. It’s even more fun when we can share the music with other people. Everyone we know has been so supportive and everything has come together swiftly and in a serendipitous manner for us to churn out a great first album. Since then, we’ve been writing like maniacs and already have enough songs to get back in the studio. We’ll take our time, though. We are really just starting to enjoy the fruits of our labor and they’re pretty sweet.”

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