2013, The Electric West formed in Los Angeles' beautiful downtown Echo Park. Forging an outlet inside famed Bedrock Studios, the post-punk trio combined Pagdilao's pummeling dance beats with punctuated melodies and Lewallen’s sympathetic crooning between alternating currents of contemporary political angst and a cold, metallic stare at our nation’s past. Intensely charged, these tracks channel gripping themes—Manifest Destiny, Salem witch burnings, and even meta-fictitious graphic novelizations—to create a raucous source of inspiration for fans of Dead Kennedys, Gang of Four, and David Bowie.
Following their first tour of the West Coast, and a week of SXSW, The Electric West co-released their 4 song EP, "Verdugo" on tape, CD, and a very limited run of 7" records with friends Future Force Records.
The Electric West is Lee Lewallen, Byron Pagdilao, and Billy The Kid.
"How the heck have we not heard of The Electric West until recently? For more than two years, the Los Angeles-trio have been creating ravaging post-punk music. Their latest single, “Death Birds”, should put them more firmly on the indie-rock map. This single is awesome. It combines the cathartic and dense post-punk rock of the band formerly known as Viet Cong (although they have yet to formally announce a new name) with the blistering and anthemic rock of Eagulls. With that kind of combination, greater notoriety should be around the corner for Byron (drums), Lee (vocals/bass), and Billy the Kid (guitar/vocals)." - Ben Yung, Read More at The Revue April 7th, 2016
"New blood keeps the band pumping, and with a fresh body on the six-string, the grave-rocking post punk heralds have released a new song for 2016. "Death Birds", with its lurching rhythms and creeping feedback, comes as an early release following 100 RSVPs to their upcoming show at The Echo." -Ryan Mo Read More at The Deli Mag LA February 2, 2016
"Verdugo the debut EP from LA's The Electric West is a short blast of glammy, gloomy post-punk that will make you reconsider the way you perceive America's left coast and your perception of our nation's history in the process. When you think of LA, chances are you think of Hollywood, movie stars, fake tans, conspicuous consumption in non-stop sunshine. The Electric West's music, however, is like a soundtrack for LA's night time - all sleek, driving futurism and Raymond Chandler noir, painted in a seductive, sleek chrome and black pallet...." Read More at The Equal Ground March 13, 2015
"...Like their post-punk forefathers, the Electric West embrace political and social themes, but the new single “Portland” is about driving to Oregon. It’s a rager nonetheless — dense and loud and foreboding. Don’t wear anything but black." Read More at Buzzbands.la February 9, 2015
"Portland ist ja sowas wie die heimliche Indiepop-Hauptstadt der USA (okay, neben Brooklyn/NY). The Electric West stammen aber tatsächlich aus L.A. und besingen in ihrem Lied einen Trip nach Oregon. Schöner Schrammelpop..." Read More at the German blog, Coast is Clear February 24, 2015