EP Premiere: Raener ‘have you been here before’
ep premiere

Hungry for new tunes?  Me too but I got you covered.  Dig into this new EP that is out today via Danger Collective Records, have you been here before, from LA foursome Raener.  If you haven’t heard of Raener yet don’t sweat it because the band has been making music together since 2015 but keeping those tunes a touch underground by only posting a few songs to their Soundcloud.  With the release of have you been here before, the guys put forth a collection of four songs that will no doubt take you on a journey through a sonic landscape of angelic sounds.  Melting electronic beats with guitar tones and vocals keeps the guys in a bit of an experimental space and only in the best way possible.   Raener will head out on the road to support Beach Fossils on a handful of dates throughout October.


(w/ Beach Fossils)
Oct. 11, Providence, RI @ the Met
Oct 12, Boston, MA @ the Sinclair
Oct 13, Montreal, QC @ the Fairmount Theater
Oct 14, Toronta, ON @ Lee’s Palace
Oct 15, Detroit, MI @ Loving Touch
Oct 17, Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
Oct 18, Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock

We caught up with Daniel to chat about some of their favorite spots in LA.  Check out Daniel’s guide to LA here.

COLLiDE: Favorite restaurant and why? What’s your order?
Daniel Fox: Señor Fish in Eagle Rock. We have a studio right down the street and have been going there after rehearsal now for a while. We’ve all got different orders but the shrimp tacos are a classic.

Favorite bar and why? What’s your drink order?
La Cuevita in highland park. Great vibes all the time.

Favorite coffee shop and why? What’s your drink order?
Muddy Paw. Great coffee, great pastries. And they help raise money for local animal rescues.

What are some underrated landmarks or buildings you love?
The Target Husk. Right in Hollywood there’s this building that Target has been trying to build for over a year but because of building code they weren’t able to build it, so it’s just this big empty shell of what’s supposed to be a store. But more well known landmarks, the Griffith Observatory is beautiful. I also love the Vista Theater.

Where would you recommend people stay when they are visiting from out of town?
Crash someone’s house. LA is weird city to be a tourist in. If you want to have a good time you need to stay with someone that lives here and can show you the spots.

Best karaoke in town?
 XLanes. They’ve got private karaoke rooms as well as pool arcade games and bowling. It’s high octane fun.

What is the most outdoor space inspiring space?
When we were feeling trapped in our home studio one day we went up to Mt. Lowe to recharge our batteries. We took some pictures that were incorporated in the art and even collected a bunch of dry twigs and weeds that made a guest appearance on the EP as percussion. Other than that, the Huntington Gardens are amazing as well.

Favorite juice spot?
Lassens in Echo park. Delicious and nutritious.

Favorite part of town?
Eagle Rock/ Highland Park. 

Best taco truck?
Gus’s lunch box in Silverlake.

Favorite LA music festival?
Broke LA. 

Favorite LA venue to play?
The Hi Hat. 

Favorite LA venue to see a show?
The Hi Hat, Zebulon, The Echo.

If you have 10 people going to a party in the hills, how many cars do you take?
I can’t really imagine us going to/ being invited to a party in the hills at all. But that being said we’d probably try to take as few cars as possible. Maybe all pile into Will’s minivan. 

Favorite local band (besides Raener)?
Thumpasaurus, Max Ox, Brutus VIII, Moira Mack, Orchin, BOYO, Entertainment Law.  We have too many talented friends. 

Weirdest place you’ve written a song in LA?
A lot of our songs have been written in Betty Davis’s old house in Los Feliz.

If someone only had 24 hours in your city, what would you recommend they see and do?
24 hours isn’t quite enough time to enjoy LA fully, so it would depend on your mood. There’s always the beach if it’s a nice day. Tons of museums, LACMA, the Broad. I like the Norton Simon the best in Pasadena, it’s small and they have a really nice garden in the back where you can read and grab a tea. There’s Skylight Books in Los Feliz, they have an amazing selection of local zines, local poets, books, graphic novels, you name it. You’d have to get some Mexican food/tacos if you’ve only got 24 hours. Either at Señor Fish, Las Glorias del Buen Comer or Guisados. If it’s summer I’d definitely recommend seeing a movie at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery for Cinespia.


photo by: Daniel Fox / Marina Williams