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“It’s a Way of Life.”
For Mike DeLay and Leilani Francisco, that’s exactly what Tic Tic Boom! has become. The two founding members live together above their home studio in Los Angeles and pride themselves in independently handcrafting everything from start to finish—from recordings to screen-printed merch and DIY music videos.
Tired of relying on outside engineers and producers for recording, in 2010 DeLay decided to attend the audio engineering program at the Musician's Institute in Hollywood, CA. While Mike was studying the two began writing and recording their second EP, drawing inspiration from new wave, punk, and indie rock. Released in January 2011, Reasons & Rhymes received a wealth of praise and recognition from publications like Sonicbids, Buzzbands LA, and The Owl Mag. CMJ.com described their music as “hook-laced synthpop that casts live drums and guitars as conspicuously as it does sugary vocals and catchy synth loops.” It also earned the band the opportunity to do an official remix of one of the most popular songs of 2011, Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks,” and an invitation to showcase at CMJ Music Marathon in New York.
In April 2012 Tic Tic Boom! released their third EP, Before the Sun Rises. It was dubbed thus by the two’s nearly nocturnal writing and recording schedule and, as with each of their previous releases, the EP showcases a different side of Tic Tic Boom! “[Before the Sun Rises] deals with concepts of life and death,” explains Francisco about the inspiration behind the EP. “How all things are cyclical and we're all just a small piece of an enormous never-ending puzzle. It's about struggling to understand your place in all of that.”
To support their live performance, DeLay and Francisco are joined by Trevor Hunnicutt on drums and Matt Gurgol on bass. Live, Tic Tic Boom! commands the crowd to dance with floor-shaking bass synths, sweeping and sometimes jittery arpeggios, disco-drum beats, and distorted guitars, all under Francisco’s dreamlike vocals. “You can almost smell the perfume and sweat from the dancefloor in the electro-pop of LA quartet Tic Tic Boom!,” depicts Kevin Bronson of Buzzbands.la.
The band performed an official showcase at SXSW 2012 and played the Musician's Institute tent at The Coachella Music Festival in April 2012. Tic Tic Boom!'s music has been placed on programming on ABC Family, Showtime, MTV, Bravo, and the Style Network. Their music can be heard on over 100 college radio stations across the United States and Canada.
-CMJ Sonicbids Spotlight Artist for the week of August 5, 2011
-BMI indie spotlight artist January 2012
-Official Selection CMJ 2011
-Official Artist at SXSW 2012
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