We had the sweet, saccharine jungle beats of Los Angeles three-piece, Gothic Tropic on lock down upon picking up their debut EP, Awesome Problems in the 2012 winter months. When the announcement came that they would join this year’s Sled Island lineup, we sent word, inviting them to join us for a session at the Area’s historic school house. Monkey Bars is the lead single from the upcoming full length – in commemoration of this occasion, Calgary visual artist, Daniel J Kirk painted the two mirrored grizzly bears that adorn this back drop.
The trio, who base themselves out of Echo Park, is fronted by Cecilia Della Peruti, with Liv Marsico (Cold War Kids) on drums and Daniel Denton (Metric) playing bass. Sled Island Festival was the first time for them playing outside of the states, and they hit us right between the eyes with performances at Broken City accompanying Prince Rama (NYC) and Doldrums (Montreal) and a sweaty early morning set at the BeatRoute Magazine Headquarters.