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Livingmore

“Los Angeles is close to everywhere. You can pretty much be at the beach, the mountains, the desert, the city or the suburbs all within about 30 minutes. There is a diversity of people, cultures, food, art, ideas and music that is unlike anywhere else The weather is also unbeatable.”

 

Anything goes on the dancefloor. As bodies move, sweat and tears fall to the ground with the same frequency. Anchored by glossy guitar and under the glow of neon keys, Livingmore convert this kinetic motion into instantly irresistible rock anthems that shimmer, shine, and soar all at once. Since 2014, the Los Angeles quartet—Alex Moore [vocals], Spencer Livingston [guitar], Mike Schadel [drums], and Rodrigo Moreno [bass]—have independently amassed over 2 million total streams, ignited a buzz and engaged audiences at packed gigs. Now, they’re ready to move listeners more than ever with their second full-length album, Take Me [Nomad Eel Records], out May 2021. “It’s a dance-your-problems away album,” Alex states. “Even though we all go through bummers, we can still jump around, rock out, have a good time, and not take life too seriously. It was the first time we added some humor. Overall, it’s our most movable album.” “It’s happy-sad music,” adds Spencer. “We really combined the spectrum of our influences to make you move.” Livingmore came to life in 2014 when Alex and Spencer began collaborating. They bonded over a wide swath of influences, including Garbage, The Hives, Roy Orbison, Modest Mouse, Wilco, Radiohead, The Cure, The Smiths, and Wes Anderson movies. As the duo continued to write, Mike and Rodrigo eventually joined the fold, and the group’s 2015 self-titled EP, Livingmore, gained traction online. Between countless shows, the band dropped their full-length debut, OK To Land, in 2018. As the world slipped into lockdown in 2020, the quartet locked into creative mode for what would become album number two. From the onset of the process, the band collaborated more than ever before with Mike Schadel producing and recording Take Me in the band’s own studio and mixing and mastering it with Josiah Mazzaschi (Built To Spill, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Light FM). “It’s definitely been our most collaborative body of work,” Spencer observes. “Alex and I wrote all of the songs on OK To Land acoustically. This time around, we arranged everything together as a band rather than just writing separately on an acoustic guitar. Every song is really different as a result.” Lead single “Sharp” glides along on a propulsive beat and guitar awash in echoes of reverb. Meanwhile, Alex’s vocals take flight towards a disco break perfect for your favorite club in any era. “When I was younger, I had anxiety, and I’d be quieter sometimes,” she admits. “I feel like clothes were the first thing that made me feel comfortable expressing myself. We all have so many different energies. I have a feminine energy, but I also have a boyish energy. I was thinking about how that mixes with wardrobe. There’s a cheekiness to it. It’s a song you can stand on tables and knock over people’s glasses to.” Meanwhile, the follow-up “Got Me Feeling Like” tells the story of a larger-than-life character envisioned by Alex. “When I hear it, I picture this Rhinestone Cowboy who’s having fun, wearing a weird costume, walking into a liquor store and dancing around,” she goes on. “This cowboy feels like he’s famous, even if he’s not at all. He stars in the video. Part of me thinks he might be my party alter ego,” she laughs. Elsewhere on the 11-track collection, “Rays” glistens with a hummable melody, while “Dramatic” hinges on an unpredictable rhythm, shuffling towards a chantable hook. “Take Me is more personal for us,” reveals Spencer. “You’re getting to know who we are in these songs, and the music is meant to reflect everything we’re into. It’s a nice rollercoaster ride.” In the end, Livingmore invite you on the ride with them. “I’m personally following a non-conformist path,” Alex leaves off. “I live my life like that. The album’s big message is to follow your unique path.”

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city guide:
Los Angeles, CA
food
DeFranko’s Submarines
"DeFranko's Submarines in Van Nuys CA is a hidden gem of the San Fernando Valley. They have the best sub sandwiches in all of Los Angeles hands down. Another staple of the valley is Bill's Burgers. Its only open during the weekdays and Bill and Hiroko make the best burgers ever. Don't try to customize your burger though. Bill is in his 90s now and will not tolerate you if you try to ask for anything other than how he makes it. Fred 62 in Los Feliz has a great classic 50s diner atmosphere with great food, coffee and warm vibes. It is also open 24/7. Philippe The Original in downtown near Chinatown. Its been there for over 100 years and their beef dip sandwiches are undoubtedly a quintessential Los Angeles experience." - Livingmore
DeFranko's Submarines, Woodley Avenue, Van Nuys, CA, USA
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coffee
Private: Bourgeois Pig
"The Bourgeois Pig in Los Feliz has a really cool atmosphere, amazing coffee and a really great tea selection.Try their cappuccino. Groundworks in North Hollywood has fantastic coffee, really great breakfast stuff and is run out of a repurposed train station. It has a really unique old timey train station vibe. Try their nitro cold brew. Red Window Coffee in Studio City is a tiny little walk up coffee spot with amazing coffee and baked goods. Its basically just a little shack with one window service. Try Americano." - Livingmore
Bourgeois Pig, Franklin Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, USA
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bar
Ace Hotel Roofbar
"The Ace Hotel Rooftop Bar is one of the coolest bars in LA. Incredible views, great cocktails and its on a rooftop so you're mostly outside. I love their old fashioned and their vodka sour." - Livingmore
929 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015, USA
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bar
Private: The Backyard
"My favorite place for happy hour is at The Backyard at Chez Jay in Venice. Their happy hour is Wed-Fri 4pm-6pm for food and drinks."  - Livingmore
Chez Jay Restaurant, Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA, USA
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outdoors
Private: Fryman Canyon
"Our favorite hiking spot is Fryman Canyon in the Hollywood hills. We live pretty close so we go there all the time. Its got a good incline so you get a nice little workout if you do the full loop. It also has some really beautiful lookout points and isn't as crowded as some of the other hiking spots on the other side of the hill." - Livingmore  
Fryman Canyon, Los Angeles, CA, USA
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museum
Norton Simon Museum
"One of our favorite museums is The Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena has one of the most incredible art collections your will ever see. It's a smaller space than some of the other big name art museums but its more dense. You'll see a very high concentration of incredible works in just a couple of hours. Check out their modern art exhibit and the beautifully landscaped garden out back with the pond. The exhibits are constantly changing so every time you go its a little different." - Livingmore
Norton Simon Museum, West Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA, USA
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shopping
Valley Value
"Our favorite thrift store in LA is definitely the Valley Value Center in Van Nuys. You can seriously find the best stuff there for prices that seem not real. We found a long leather jacket that Alex wears all the time for $9. Its like a $500 jacket if it were in a vintage shop. Things move there though and every day new stuff comes in." - Livingmore  
Valley Value Center, Victory Boulevard, Van Nuys, CA, USA
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outdoors
Descanso Gardens
"Descanso Gardens is a beautiful place to explore and its totally free. 150 acre botanical gardens in La Canada Flintridge. It sounds far but it isn't. Only take about 20 minutes to get there and technically its in Los Angeles." - Livingmore
Descanso Gardens, Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA, USA
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shopping
The Iliad Bookshop
"The Iliad Bookstore in North Hollywood is one of the coolest bookstores around. Its a great mom and pop place that even has a friendly cat that you can snuggle with while you are there. The last book I bought there is called Naked by David Sedaris." - Livingmore
The Iliad Bookshop, Cahuenga Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA, USA
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