The shoulders of strangers that smelled of sweat and cologne rubbed against mine in a large space that was decorated with butterfly artwork and fairy lights. The red and yellow lighting, the flashing of cameras that made the shadows of the dancing crowd appear on the walls every few seconds, and the faint images projected on the walls made me feel like I was floating inside a red lava lamp. With the sonically pleasing blend of heavy guitar distortion and feedback entering the ears of the energetic crowd, a small mosh pit formed behind me while nearly everyone bobbed their heads, jumped and danced around, and flung their hair wildly. The rising band from Los Angeles, julie, was performing a few feet in front of me. I nearly lost my balance and almost fell on top of the crouching photographer near my legs when the guys next to me joined the mosh pit. The guitarist’s eyes were flicking back and forth between his electric guitar, the crowd, and the effect pedals near his black and white Vans. The bassist was strumming the thick strings of their black and white Fender bass with black fingerless gloves on their hands while she sang with a smooth voice. The drummer’s dark hair that covered his eyes would sway with the movement of his drumsticks alternating between the cymbals and snare drum, which produced a powerful pulse and clashing noise. The band trio, julie, performed on Aug. 14, just two days after the release of their EP, at Junior High in Glendale, a non-profit space that supports and empowers artists in the community.