Electric Children Bring The Garage To The Barber Shop Electric Children ft. Bill Bateman Rock "Bands In A Barbershop"
LOS ANGELES, CA- Over the summer, the6660s has been hosting a rocking showcase in Silver Lake, CA in a muthafunkin barbershop. On the weekend I was free, I the evenings musical offerings were co-presented by Wild Riot. On the night I went, one of the bands performing was Electric Children.
A garage rock band based out of Silverlake, there wasn’t too much I could find about them prior to my catching them at Rudy’s. I could only find one track of them online, and it’s a rough mix of “Blue Blood” that was released in 2017 (there are a bunch of tracks that are posted up on Myspace, but I can’t get any of them to play).
[Editor’s Note: The band has pointed out that all of their recordings are available on Bandcamp #WeAreNotBandcampSavvy]
From what I can glean from their performance and “Blue Blood”, this band has got some shades of psychedelia sprinkled on top of their generally stripped down, no frills garage rock. There’s a bit of a retro vibe, going on and I dig it.
When I looked them up online to find more info about them, I noted how they seemed to have a revolving cast of players (their band camp page lists 7 players, their Facebook page lists 5 and there were 4 on this evening). I took particular note of their drummer, Bill Bateman, who seemed to be a little older than the rest. He looked familiar to me, so I started to dive into the interwebs for more info.
[Editor’s Note: The band has indicated that they have over 50+ rotating players!]
It turns out that I had actually seem him perform years ago at Ink & Iron (a punk/rockabilly/garage rock music festival that used to occur at the Queen Mary). He’s the drummer for The Blasters, and I swear that they performed a set or two right before Wanda Jackson. Anchored by the steady, crisps and energized tempos that Bill smashed into his kit, Electric Children put on a set that stirred some of the adrenaline in my veins.
The band has been working on a new album this year, and I’m interested to hear how they’ve evolved from “Blue Blood”. I guess I’ll be keeping an ear on them.