LA CANVAS: So you're not from the desert and as far as we know you're not a part of any colony, so why the name?

LIAM WACHS: I just thought that it fit the sound of the music. It also sounded like a band to me, or that there were more than one person involved in the writing. When I started the project it was just me. I wanted the name to give people the impression that there were more people involved and I had the feeling that there would be down the line.

LAC: So the name was preparing listeners for what was to come?

DSC: I wanted a plural name for that reason: preparation.

LAC: Speaking of preparation, How do you get your often solo recorded songs ready for a live band performance?

DSC: Long and arduously. The songs weren't written with a three piece band in mind. It would really make sense to have more members in the band to make life a lot easier, but because there are only three of us we are all doing a lot of things. Basically we have a drummer, a bassist, I play guitar, we all sing, and we all trigger samples as well.

LAC: Wow, that’s a lot going on.

DSC: Everyone’s basically using both their hands and their feet and their voice all the time.

LAC: Does that mean you prefer the creating process over performing?

DSC: It's kind of hard to compare them really, the feelings are so different. They're almost like the opposite. The performing is a full time job, just getting the band ready, and trying to work out exactly how we are going to do it. It has been an absolute mountain to climb, but then we play, and the playing is easy. With the songwriting, it's kind of the other way around. I just don't do any  work or I try to sit down and nothing comes out, but when it finally does, it just happens immediately. It's extremely satisfying when you can actually sit down and write something.

LAC: What was the most recent catalyst that propelled you from writing nothing for months, to writing a song everyday?

DSC: It's hard to put a finger on it. Cracks of My Soul really came out of a break up. I wasn't writing any music at the time that it was happening. It was the first song that I wrote afterwards. It was kind of a release, a release from that I guess.

LAC: Now for the question I have to ask, especially for a music style as fluid as your’s: How would you describe Desert Sound Colony’s sound?

DSC: It's a question I get asked a lot, but it's one that I don't really have a decent answer for.

LAC: Yeah, I see how it's a difficult question to answer.

DSC: But I don't know if it for most people. I feel like if you're the Arctic Monkeys you can. I think for a lot of people it is quite easy to describe their sound, but this project has so many different inspirations kind of woven throughout it. It gets kind of pointless trying to describe it when it's ten different genres and ten different feelings. You have to just go and listen to it really.

LAC: Does that mean you see your sound being interwoven with even more genres and feelings in the future?

DSC: It definitely could and probably will end up changing in the future. I have a quite fluid inspiration. Also moving forward I'm just about to start writing with the other two band members as well, so chances are we are going to end up at least somewhat with a slight change in sound, yet retaining the same core.

LAC: Besides an infinite possibility for change, what does the future look like for Desert Sound Colony?

DSC: The long term, world domination.

LAC: How would you define your intended type of world domination?

DSC: I'd really like to believe that you can write underground music and really make a successful career from it without having to sacrifice integrity. Bands like Radiohead, people like Bjork, Portishead, there are people that are totally doing their own thing and don't give a fuck, but they're still huge. So I think that's where it's going to go.

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The Scoop: Dinners, Desserts + Goods For Your Pops

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It’s Saturday, you’re enjoying a nice afternoon and then you realize… tomorrow is Father’s Day and you have no idea how you’re going to repay your old man. That’s where we can help. With restaurant options to gift ideas, we did all the dirty work so that you can relax and focus on spending a nice afternoon with your one and only Pops:



Bludsos BBQ (For the Meat Lover Dad)

What says thanks for everything better than treating him out to some good ol’ fashioned Texas-style barbecue? Take him to Bludsos on La Brea and catch a summer Dodger’s game on TV over a beer or two, or three… or four, while feasting on some of the best barbecue you can find in the city.

Bludsos BBQ – 609 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036


Blue Plate Oysterette (For the Seafood Lover Dad)

If you want to impress your old man, you can tell him you had 50 live lobsters flown in from the East Coast just for him. He doesn’t have to know that Blue Oysterette whips up a mean New England-style Lobster Bake from lobsters actually flown in from New England… All of the featured seafood – clams, mussels, and king crab – will be prepared in a large pot over hot beach stones, seaweed, herbs, aromatics, and Old Bay seasoning. But wait, there’s more! The pot is then topped off with corn, potatoes, and Andouille sausage so that you can be sure you’ll both leave satisfied.

Blue Plate Oysterette – 8048 W 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Culina LA (World Famous Sunday Brunch)

If you’re looking to take him out for some Italian cuisine with a modern twist this Father’s Day, you should definitely head out to Culina LA. Enjoy a drink out on the patio and let Four Seasons Executive Chef Cyrille Pannier take care of the eats. Culina will be serving a special made-to-order selection of everything from Alaskan King Crab Claws to Roasted Prime Rib and more. Follow up an amazing meal with pastry Chef Federico’s house-made gelato and donuts to round out your special afternoon. When you put it that way, it’s really no wonder why their Sunday brunch is world-famous, making it the perfect place to spend Father’s Day.

Culina LA – 300 S Doheny Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Lazy Dog Restaurant (For the Laidback Dad)

If planning out an elaborate Sunday with your dad isn’t exactly your thing, you can keep it real laidback and casual by heading over to Lazy Dog Café in Torrance, CA. On their menu, you’ll find a selection of comfort food classics reworked the Lazy Dog way. Bring the family with you this Father’s Day and as the good people over at Lazy Dog would say, “Sit. Stay. Play”.

Lazy Dog Restaurant – 3525 West Carson Street, Torrance CA 90503

Beer Belly K-Town (Wildcard)

If you’re looking for a more bar-like feel with some properly done comfort food, head over to Beer Belly K-Town for a casual experience. Why order regular fries when you get some Duck Fat Fries? At Beer Belly, you’ll find regular comfort food options redone as gourmet food options, accompanied by a selection of fine craft beers that’ll be sure to leave you and your Dad satisfied.

Beer Belly K-Town – 532 Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020


Sweet Rose Creamery

You can’t follow up your special brunch with just any old dessert. So why not treat your Dad to the dessert he deserves? Head over to Sweet Rose Creamery on Beverly Blvd and treat your old man to some of the best artisan ice cream in the city. Whether you’re just stopping by for something simple like an ice cream sandwich or chocolate dipped banana, or whether you stop by for a take-home pick up like S’mores pie, you can be sure that you and your dad’s your sweet tooth will be satisfied here.

Sweet Rose Creamery – 7565 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Salt & Straw

In the adventurous mood? Take your Dad down to Salt & Straw on Larchmont Blvd and try some of their amazing offbeat ice cream flavors. You’ll find everything from Strawberry Honey Balsamic with Black Pepper to Almond Brittle with Salted Ganache and much more. If you’re stuck on gift ideas, they have pints for sale, t-shirts, bags of coffee beans, and much more merchandise available while you pick out which flavor you’re going to get.

Salt & Straw – 240 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004


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Blind Barber “The Regimen” Grooming Kit

You can never go wrong buying your Dad grooming essentials. Why not buy him some a quality trio of shaving goods – watermint gin facial cleanser, shave cream, and soothing aftershave? You can find it online at Blind Barber’s website, but if you don’t have time to wait for shipping and want to treat your Dad to a haircut and whiskey on the rocks for Father’s Day, stop by their store in Culver City and grab the “Regimen Kit”.

The Regiment Kit


Soma x Intelligentsia Coffee Kit

Soma has teamed up with the experts at Intelligentsia Coffee to create an awesome limited edition gift that any coffee-drinking Dad would love. The Soma x Intelligentsia Coffee Kit features Soma’s high quality carafe, Intelligentsia x Soma custom coffee, and a classic “World’s Greatest” mug and erasable marker. Make sure you get on this gift quick, it’ll only be available for a limited time and only a limited number of kits will be sold.

Soma x Intelligentsia Coffee Kit

BK Spice Rubs

For the Dad who loves barbecuing and wants to upgrade his dry-rub game, well-seasoned chef Bruce Kalman is offering a selection of the best-handcrafted blends of herbs and spices. The BK Blends are artfully prepared and can add an extra kick to anything that you’re cooking. Select from one of four offerings and show your gratitude this Father’s Day.

BK Spice Rubs

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