Part Time, the lo fi pop recording project of Davida Loca, has just premiered a new single, “Merchandise” on BULLETT Magazine ahead of a US tour, starting August 22nd with Sea Lions. “Merchandise” is a pure pop gem with Part Time’s signature lo fi bliss and languid grooviness.
Today also marks the release of Part Time’s new cassette H.F.M. out on Plastic Response Records. H.F.M. is a collection of rare and never before heard Part Time and Davida Loca tracks that have been written and recorded over the past 9 years. Each track tells a story that sheds light on the past while simultaneously offering a glimpse at what’s to come in the future. Listening is like assembling the pieces to a puzzle with only a vague knowledge of what outcome to expect, but then being pleasantly surprised by the sincerity and beauty that results. Spanning from 2006 to 2014, each song in this collection of demos and compositions seems to bring about some form of nostalgic thought, a moment in time that you can’t clearly recall or a song that seems so familiar, but that you can’t quite place.
Part Time Tour Dates with Sea Lions
8/22 – Anaheim, CA – Thee Men’s Warehouse
8/23 – San Francisco, CA – Brick and Mortar Music Hall
8/26 – Tucson, AZ – Hotel Congress
8/27 – El Paso, TX – Monarch
8/28 – Austin, TX – Hotel Vegas
8/29 – Houston, TX – Walter’s
8/30 – New Orleans, LA – Circle Bar
9/1 – Durham, NC – Duke University Coffeehouse
9/2 – Washington, DC – Comet Ping Pong
9/3 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
9/4 – Brooklyn, NY – Glasslands
9/5 – New York, NY – Cake Shop
9/6 – Ithaca, NY – Cornell University
9/7 – Cleveland, OH – Happy Dog
9/8 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean
9/9 – Newport, KY – Revival Room
9/10 – Memphis, TN – Hi Tone Cafe
9/11 – Shreveport, LA – Bear’s
9/12 – Fort Worth, TX – Lola’s
9/15 – Tempe, AZ – 51west
9/24 – Las Vegas, NV – The Griffin
9/27 – Oakland, CA – Oakland Music Festival
9/30 – San Diego, CA – The Hideout
*all dates aside from 9/5 with Sea Lions
Part Time‘s recordings started early on in the late 90’s and throughout the 2000’s, as a side project for Davida Loca while he was playing in rock n roll/garage/psych bands in Austin, TX (Toko Ri Get High, The Dazzling King Solomon Band) and with Oakland, CA punk rockers (The Time Flys). Instead of loud and wild rock & roll, his past musical makings were lo-fi synth pop made on cheap-sounding casio keyboards, 4 track tape machines, electric guitars, and drum machines. Part Time became a full-time musical gig as people began noticing and releasing his records in 2011. A single for Loglady Records (Visions of the Future) and an album for Mexican Summer (What Would You Say?) were both released in 2011, while a cassette for Burger Records followed in 2012. Speck formed a live band for shows and touring, and also began recording even lower-fi synth pop songs as Davida Loca.
As of now Part Time/Davida Loca has released numerous full length releases from LP’s, cassettes tapes and 7 inches of his past recordings along with newer creations and has shown no sign of stopping anytime soon. Part Time’s second album, PDA, was released by Mexican Summer in the summer of 2013 and has just now finished with his next 7 inch on Burger Records and three full length cassette tape releases (Burger/Lollipop Records) & (Plastic Response Records) that will be out next month. Part Time/Davida Loca’s next full length LP also seems to be in the works and will be released on Burger Records later this year along with a european tour. In every successive release as Part Time and Davida Loca, Speck is writing himself into the same brilliantly invertible nook where Ariel Pink and R. Stevie Moore sip cups of tea on the ceiling.
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