Originally from the San Fernando Valley and eventually relocating to Echo Park, CA, Corners began playing high-energy shows around Los Angeles in 2011. Singer and guitar player Tracy Bryant founded the band and began playing music with drummer Rick Mabery and Billy Changer on bass. Bryant and Changer met at The Smell, an important DIY community venue where music enthusiasts can really bond over similar interests…admitting that if it weren’t for The Smell, they probably wouldn’t be a band. The current lineup solidified when Jeff "Jeffertiti" Ramuno (Of Jeffertitis Nile/touring bassist of Father John Misty) began playing guitar and synth with the band. All four current members also connected through their shared love of Joy Division. Influenced by late 1970s punk and 1980s post-punk music and a deep fascination with the type of music made in those eras, Corners began to shift their own sound in that same direction.
Their 2012 Beyond Way release was a more surf-inspired garage rock album, while their latest release, Maxed Out On Distraction (October 7, 2014), is a synth-inspired post-punk album in the Internet age. Mastered by Dave Cooley (Silversun Pickups, MF Doom, The Black Angels, M83), album title itself is a reflection of living in the Internet age and literally not having any room in your life for more distractions. Singer Tracy Bryant explains, “The album title relates to the music in the way we approached making the album itself… blocking out everything else and focusing on making pure music, not being distracted with the constant addiction that social networking sites have become.”
Corners are one of the first bands to sprout from the Echo Park-based label, Lolipop Records and have been playing shows extensively around the Los Angeles area since 2012. They are truly bringing something very refreshing and significant to the table with Maxed Out On Distractions, which is being released on vinyl and CD via Lolipop Records and co-released on cassette via Lolipop and Burger Records. The album follows up the sold out Tracy Bryant/Billy Changer split solo tape that the two band members just released on Burger Records, and is a sign of bigger and better things to come. After touring the country this summer as part of the Lolipop Adventure Tour 2014, they are unquestionably making themselves known outside of the Los Angeles underground music scene.