The Paranoyds Debut LP - out Friday on Suicide Squeeze


(Credit: Gina Canavan)

Early praise for The Paranoyds:

"['Carnage Bargain'] kicks off with a very punky bass line that harks back to some of Kathi Wilcox's work on the early Bikini Kill catalog. A classic chorus built on fuzzy guitars and imperfect vocals slices through the air, yet somehow is catchy all the same." - Stereogum

"The production...is superb, highlighting the dreamy lead vocals of Laila Hashemi (who also plays keyboards) and guitarist Lexi Funston." - Bandcamp 

"Sweet, grungy goodness." - Nylon 

"[This] buzzy four-piece is creating the LA DIY scene's most richly layered punk sounds of the moment." - i-D

"Think a 60s girl group that flipped off Phil Spector and embraced horror soundtrack synths." - Noisey

"scowling, winking garage rock. Full of lethal riffs, but toying with clap-along twee, The Paranoyds' surfy, Riot Grrrl grunge splits the difference between Bratmobile and The Go-Gos, with a little Blondie thrown in...['Girlfriend Degree' is] a mission statement and a battlecry for a band equally interested in laughing as the world burns, and fixing it." - PAPER

"one of L.A.'s most established DIY bands" - V Magazine

"'Girlfriend Degree,' in all its fuzzy, slightly blown out glory, has the band delivering on a catchy takedown of the attributes needed in a perfect partner. Screaming guitars, wallops of drums, and even keyboard back their declarations of refusing to wait on someone they love." - The Grey Estates

"''Face First' creeps around your head with a squealing two-tone guitar line...catchy and anxious" - Consequence of Sound
The Paranoyds have made a name for themselves as one of the most exciting Los Angeles bands since forming in 2015, playing festivals like Coachella and opening for the likes of DIIV, Bleached, X, White Reaper, Albert Hammond Jr., Sunflower Bean, Tacocat, BRONCHO and more. This Friday, the band will release their long-awaited debut album, Carnage Bargain-a raucous blend of garage rock grit, new wave swagger, classic horror film soundtrack campiness, and a myriad of other left-of-center influences - via Suicide Squeeze. Please give this incredible record a listen, and let me know if you'd like to discuss coverage!


"We're living in the dystopian future. Our lives are completely tracked and programmed, our extension of ourselves is a handheld computer with a microphone and camera that stays on while were unaware, and, on top of everything, the extreme right is gaining continuous world power," The Paranoyds explains of its name. "What isn't there to be paranoyd about?"

It's ironic that the band's moniker winds up being an apt summary of the band's general outlook on technology and modern culture given that The Paranoyds' humble beginnings can be traced back to a friendship forged between Staz Lindes (bass/vocals) and Laila Hashemi (keys/vocals) over Myspace in their early teens. Bonded by a shared interest in local underground music, the pair eventually moved their online friendship into the real world. Laila's childhood friend Lexi Funston was brought into the fold with the addition of drummer David Ruiz in 2015. The band may indeed be paranoid, but they offer a solution to our modern ills through the simple act of being an inspiring, independent, and unflappable musical force.

Tour dates
09/11/19 - Houston, TX @ Satellite Bar *
09/13/19 - New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa *
09/14/19 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade (Hell Stage) *
09/15/19 - Raleigh, NC @ Motorco *
09/17/19 - Washington, D.C. @ U Hall *
09/18/19 - Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
09/19/19 - Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere *
09/20/19 - Philadelphia, PA @ Philamoca *
09/21/19 - Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *
09/23/19 - Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe *
09/24/19 - Columbus, OH @ The Basement *
09/25/19 - Nashville, TN @ Exit/In *
09/28/19 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street *
09/29/19 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall *
09/30/19 - St. Louis, MO, Firebird *
10/03/19 - St. Louis, MO @ Firebird #
10/04/19 - Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews # 
10/05/19 - St. Paul, MN @ Amsterdam Bar & Grill #
10/07/10 - Denver, CO @  Larimer Lounge #
10/10-10/13/19 - Lake Perris, CA @ Desert Daze
11/01/19 - San Francisco, CA @ Cafe du Nord
11/02/19 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Crepe Place
11/03/19 - Reno, NV @ The Holland Project
11/05/19 - Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar
11/06/19 - Seattle, WA @ Barboza 

* = supporting Bleached
# = supporting White Reaper