PLAG Records: Class of 2017

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One of our major highlights from 2017 was the launch of PLAG Records.

The idea for the label started when PLAG’s co-founder Kimi Recor saw a band called Iress (then Iris) playing a DIY show at Vega’s Meat Market in 2016. She wanted to start a platform to release their next EP, which quickly expanded to wanting to elevate the countless other artists in the LA scene. The rest is history.

This year, we got to genre-hop from doom metal to post-grunge to Satanic doo wop, and a whole lot in between. We’ve thrown a lot of release parties to celebrate a lot of music that deserves a party. We watched our first two PLAG Records artists - Iress and Spare Parts for Broken Hearts - tour together, which we’ll admit brought a tear to our eyes. So many kind and generous artists from our community came together and donated their music to our first compilation, PLAG Sounds: Volume 1, with all proceeds donated to SoundArt, a local organization bringing music lessons to kids who otherwise wouldn’t have them. And we have a lot more on deck for 2018: some music from familiar faces, some from soon-to-be-familiar faces.

But, for now, we’re waxing poetic about the past, not the future. Without further adieu, we’re proud to present the PLAG Records graduating class of 2017.

 Iress   Listen:   Soaked    EP    "You'll See" - Wolves   2017 Highlights:  “Touring with our buddies Ramonda Hammer.”   

Iress

Listen: Soaked EP

"You'll See" - Wolves

2017 Highlights: “Touring with our buddies Ramonda Hammer.”

 

 Jasmine Sankaran   Listen: "Snakebite"   “2017 is the year I really set sail, as an artist, performer, and band leader. I’ve been enamored with the LA scene my whole life, and I realized that the reason it’s so awesome is because women are involved in every single part of this community. I feel so lucky to have met women who feel passionate about building each other up and sending the elevator back down.”   2017 Highlights:  “My band’s debut LA show at Harvard & Stone presented by PLAG!”   

Jasmine Sankaran

Listen: "Snakebite"

“2017 is the year I really set sail, as an artist, performer, and band leader. I’ve been enamored with the LA scene my whole life, and I realized that the reason it’s so awesome is because women are involved in every single part of this community. I feel so lucky to have met women who feel passionate about building each other up and sending the elevator back down.”

2017 Highlights: “My band’s debut LA show at Harvard & Stone presented by PLAG!”

 

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Twin Temple

Listen: "Let's Hang Together"

“We have had an exalted 2017, thanks to the pacts we made with PLAG Records and Satan. May your new year shine with the light of Lucifer. Ave Satanas!”

2017 Highlights: “Playing the Anton LaVey exhibit on Halloween and performing a Satanic Feminist ritual invoking the Demoness Lilith alongside Kenneth Anger, Steven Leyba, Karla LaVey, and innumerable Satanic relics and ephemera. And, releasing our single “Let’s Hang Together” on PLAG records, and hanging ourselves in the music video. (It had been some thousand years since we died last.)”

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Spare Parts for Broken Hearts

Listen: "Ever"

“Ketchup on my burrito, you’re the weirdo.”

2017 Highlights: “Releasing ‘Ever’ with PLAG, writing the next SP/BH songs to record, and eating Reese’s Peanut Butter cups with the bandmates.”

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Velvet

Listen: "How Do You Know"

“Thank you to everyone who came to our shows and listened to our music in 2017. Wishing you all a happy and healthy new year.”

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NEW EViL

Listen: “King of the River”

“‘I'd rather die, we'd rather die, I'd rather die, then apologize.’ - Song lyrics from ‘Teeth,’ a song by NEW EViL. An anthem for female-identified people everywhere to never apologize for being violated. It wasn't your fault.”

2017 Highlights: “When I wrote a full-on fight scene music video with my brother where my band gets kidnapped and I fight my way through an abandoned building riddled with thugs to rescue them. It was a childhood dream come true.”

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Nightgown

Listen: “Dig It”

“2017 was a year of evolution for Nightgown. They released their first single "Dig It" with PLAG Records, played a countless number of shows, wrote and compiled a stack of new material, became the subject of others' published words of praise, and now here they are, in all their transformative glory- a freakish musical amphibian with freshly sprouted legs, gasping, gurgling, and thrashing about on the promising shores of 2018. But most of their transformations are yet to come, with a sophomore release with PLAG Records on the horizon, a music video in the works, and much, much more the best is yet to come! The members of Nightgown also graciously accept their audience nominated award for ‘Band with Best Hair’ for 2017. I mean, we were vying for ‘Band Most Likely To Succeed’ but ‘Best Hair’ is chill. Forever yours, Nightgown.”

 

Kimi Recor