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WASI BRINGS COLORFUL AND QUEER SOUNDS OF LOVE AND ACCEPTANCE TO UTAH

Los Angeles indie punk-pop band WASI are on a colorful mission to interlace their current touring cycle with a heaping dose of activism. On the back of their recent debut album Riot Pop, founders Jessie Meehan, Merilou Salazar and company embarked on the Love is Gay tour, bringing together the core messages of their songs and the work of connecting Continue Reading

Pop-song activism with L.A.’s WASI

Be yourself. Easy, right? Merilou Salazar and Jessie Meehan, leaders of WASI, the L.A.-based, self-proclaimed “riot-pop” group, know that realizing one’s identity can be a challenge. In fact, it’s the theme running through their just-released album—also named Riot Pop—a series of synth-pop songs propelled by bright beats and dark lyrics. The peppy feel of the music Continue Reading

Pride Picks: Kick Off Pride Month With These New LGBTQ Songs

WASI’s album Riot Pop is out today, and opening track “Run” mixes a nervous bassline, warbly synths and sneering attitude for a propulsive synth-pop gem. During the instrumental breakdown, the song sounds like an arcade game having an existential crisis – which is, you know, awesome. Also awesome: During their Love Is Gay Tour, they’ll be working with Continue Reading

Buzzbands LA

Fresh off unveiling the “workout” video for the single “Run” — the release party was held at a Crossfit gym — the L.A. quintet will release their debut full-length on Friday. It’s titled “Riot Pop,” which is WASI’s name for their brand of music, which mashes electro-pop, hip-hop, dance-punk and garage-rock into a cocktail of self-affirmation and inclusivity. Continue Reading