It's hard to digest the minutiae of society while traveling
the freeways of Los Angeles in the comfort of a car at sixty
miles per hour. Typically lined on both sides by cinder
block walls, the L.A. freeways are mere pipelines of travel,
often scurrying residents through neighborhoods of both low
and high-income within mere minutes, barely offering a mere
glimpse of what happens at the end of those off-ramps.
But when It's Casual vocalist/guitarist Edward Solis leaves
his East Los Angeles-based residence to make his daily
hour-long commute to Hollywood, he's able to form an
entirely new perspective. Solis, a rare, unlicensed
Angelino, relies on public transportation to make his
travels. The two bus routes on which he rides meander on
surface streets, cutting across both decorative and
Armed with nothing more than a hard, plastic seat perched
aside an etched window and his keen observations, Solis has
been able to capture his essence of Los Angeles via It's
Casual's third album, The New Los Angeles.
It's Casual, also featuring drummer W.C.E., has been
performing since the late '90s throughout Southern
California. The summer of 2002 found the pair outside the
states borders, as part of the Vans Warped Tour, promoting
its debut, Buicregl. In 2004, It's Casual took a couple days
off to record its second album, Stop Listening To Bad Music.
The album found Solis upping the ante on his straightforward
delivery of life.
After returning home from a summer tour in 2006, It's Casual
entered the studio with producer Sergio J. Chavez for a
third album session. The resulting ten-song collection, The
New Los Angeles, finds the band more focused than ever, with
its hard-hitting, riff-packed hardcore punk delivery that
rubs shoulders with the likes of Black Flag, Fu Manchu,
Motorhead and Blast.
The song titles themselves are enough to mold a basic idea
of The New Los Angeles. The album launches with the title
track, which reveals a lack of communication amongst
residents. Child negligence concerns are addressed via "Too
Many Kids," while "The Red Line" flags the horrors of
freeway traffic while a suitable alternative already exists.
"L.A.P.D." speaks of law enforcements scramble to protect a
city bursting at its seams and "Navigator" points the finger
at those that parade the streets with just a façade of
X released Los Angeles in 1977 and Ry Cooder's Chavez Ravine
might've addressed the City of Angels. But never before has
the nations second largest city been so thoroughly
documented as on It's Casual's latest, The New Los Angeles.
It's the new Los Angeles!
Los Angeles, California
Eddie Solis – guitar and vocals
W.C.E. – drums
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February 2, 2007
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