The Hype: Sometimes music tells truths that words simply cannot. Costa Mesa resident Alex Knost was on the verge of stardom, signing with Vice Records, but like smoke rising from an ashtray, garage pop band Japanese Motors is left behind to slowly burn out. Knost has teamed with girlfriend Christina Kee to form the shoegaze pop duo Tomorrows Tulips (click for our interview with Knost on his surprising decision). After recording eight songs at the Distillery Studio in Costa Mesa, they are releasing a cassette and vinyl in the near future on the Papermade label. The Tomorrows Tulips Monday show at Avalon also included AM, Audacity and Tijuana Panthers.
The Show: Taking the stage around 11:00 p.m., Tomorrows Tulips seduced the audience with swaying '70s grooves. No voice proved as out-of-nowhere stunning as the dewy melodic pitch of Knost. Tilting his face up, he threw his head back and bared his throat to the microphone, lyrics bursting outward to “Eternally Teenage,” deep and sun-warmed. His exhaled tones were low and resonant, intertwining some loud wailing with spiraling guitar leads that were easily digestible, completely candy-coated and totally fucking sweet. Kee shrugged, covered her eyes with the back of her arm and swung her drumstick at the back of Knost's leg and yelled, “You're singing too loud.”