The Paranoyds have the kind of connection people only dream of: as non-biological sisters who have known each other longer than they haven’t and speak a language that no one else can understand.
With a bond that began in preschool, Laila Hashemi (keys/vocals) and Lexi Funston (guitar/vocals) were always inseparable, so when they met Staz Lindes (bass/vocals) in ninth grade, it felt like they had known her all along. After all, they were a “package deal.” In high school, they began making music together in a friend’s laundry room and their relationship just blossomed from there. When it came time to add in a drummer, David Ruiz, who joined the band in 2015, fit in like he had been there all along. It’s that special bond that has solidified their relationship as bandmates who connect seamlessly to one another’s energy on stage—and best friends. And it’s the one thing that has remained a constant throughout the past two years.
Like so many others, the pandemic brought about unexpected change for The Paranoyds—both good and bad. Before the pandemic, the Los Angeles-based group was invited to perform at a Third Man Records showcase at SXSW. The opportunity ultimately led to the group signing to the label in 2021.
The band’s forthcoming release and first on Third Man, Talk Talk Talk, is rooted in the life-altering transformation they experienced since 2020. The process began back in April 2020 when they drove to San Francisco to record seven demos from the album at John Vanderslice’s Tiny Telephone Studios. There, the band’s unbreakable friendship was tested once again as they ended up crashing at the studio for a week with no air conditioning or showers.
In the middle of their never-ending summer tour, Tchotchke releases their self-titled debut album with nine blazing tracks that clock in at 30 minutes and features the electrifying singles "Don't Hang Up On Me," "Dizzy," and “Ronnie.” The album was produced and recorded alongside power duo, Brian and Michael D’addario (aka The Lemon Twigs), in their home studio on Long Island.
Tchotchke (pronounced chach-key) is Anastasia Sanchez (drums, vocals), Eva Chambers (bass, vocals) and Emily Tooraen (guitar, vocals).
Sanchez and Chambers were the founding members of Los Angeles’ teen indie-darlings Pinky Pinky who recorded for the Innovative Leisure label. Now in their early twenties, the NYC-based trio ushers in a new era with a new band name, new line-up and of course, new music
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