Beginning in 2010 as composer/musician Aaron M. Olson's pseudonym for scoring his friend's short films, the music quickly took on a life of its own, eventually expanding into a full recording project and a live band. The music draws inspiration from across the board, but undeniably at the forefront is cinema, begging the question: can a band be as influenced by movies as by music
Much like the movies that so inspire, L.A. Takedown builds stories with each piece of music - in place of dialogue, the narrative is realized through layers of carefully constructed musical lines, played out on synths, guitars, bass, and drums, with multiple searing guitar leads in tight harmony floating atop it all.
L.A. Takedown's debut self-titled album on Ribbon Music creates many moods, scenes and stories over the course of one 44-minute piece (a suite, if you will), and is available now in an experimental album format: a website. Upon entering, one can experience a stream of the entire album, synced with real-time footage of a Los Angeles sunset. Each visit will serve up a new visual, all captured throughout 2015 by Matt Hewitt and Conor Collins, so that while the story of L.A. Takedown ebbs and flows, so too can the backdrop.