Drummer Ellie English and singer-guitarist Sade Sanchez won the battle of the bands at Burbank High back in 2007. Now in their 20s, the reunited duo crafts haunted garage rock with bass player Irita Pai in a psych-punk band called L.A. Witch.
"When Ellie and I first met, we were 17, driving around listening to Blonde Redhead and Autolux," says Sanchez, a Burroughs grad who started jamming with English, a Burbank High grad, while they were teens.
On Saturday they join Blonde Redhead, Autolux and some of their favorite artists — along with Angeleno friends Mystic Braves and Froth — at Desert Daze Festival in Mecca, Calif. Psych-rock fiends will drive roughly three hours from Los Angeles to camp lakeside at the Sunset Ranch oasis for sweaty performances by the Raveonettes, Liars and Vincent Gallo.
"We're playing with bands that I listened to in high school," says Pai, who was still playing in now-dissolved band Silver Drones with Sanchez when they formed the new group and landed a residency at the Silverlake Lounge as L.A. Witch. When they fell into a drummer funk, and lost their original player to New York City, they juggled to fill the spot.