Posts tagged ‘West Coast’

Garage Psych Torch Bearers

By | February, 21, 2012

Keeping it Cali. I have to say even though many consider Brooklyn the most active area for up and coming indie bands, there have been a plethora of great acts coming out of the Golden State in the last few years that aren’t just riding the buzz you can catch by merely residing in the hipster capitol of the world. Long Beach garage rockers Crystal Antlers are like many of their West Coast contemporaries in that the swirling psychedelia of the mid-late 60′s heavily informs their aesthetic. For many the direct origins of what your hearing in this young band would be the 13th Floor Elevators, but Crystal Antlers have expanded on that style and give a nod to another seminal 60′s proto-punk band, The Velvet Underground. The droning and walls of noise they produce are much grander in scale, as is the natural progression of any style. I mean where can you go after Sonic Youth? It obviously has to be slightly louder, slightly noisier, slightly more abrasive.

Listen to “A Thousand Eyes” off their 2008 self-titled EP, Crystal Antlers.

If you live in the Southwest make sure to catch the band as they join Sleepy Sun for six of the shows on their tour. The dates are below:

  • 03/08 Los Angeles, CA—Echo
  • 03/10 Scottsdale – AZ – The Rogue Bar
  • 03/11 Santa Fe, NM – VFW Hall
  • 03/12 El Paso,TX – Low Brow Palace
  • 03/13 San Antonio, TX – The Korvoa Basement
  • 03/18 Dallas, TX – Club Dada – BRO FEST

The Lost Coast Sound

By | February, 12, 2012

We’re going to shift gears and get back to some music with classic sensibilities for a while. The burgeoning psychedelic revival happening on the West Coast has spawned two main strains and Ethan Miller of Oakland based Howlin’ Rain has created art in both. Up until 2006 he offered psych rock of a heavy, dark and noisy bent with Comets On Fire, but since then he has explored the other side of psychedelic music that leans more on the blues, roots music and classic soul. Almost more of a singer/songwriter approach, stressing melody over atmosphere. Below you can check out a short documentary, courtesy of Relix, that catches the band in the studio, on the road and on stage. The most poignant parts come when Miller is being interviewed and speaks candidly about the process and struggle of being in a band these days. At least he has the magic touch of legendary producer Rick Rubin to aid with the band’s latest release, The Russian Wilds, which is scheduled for release this Tuesday, February 14th. You will get a sample of the sound Miller is achieving, which has been linked directly to his upbringing in the pristine Northern California enclave of Humboldt County amid the majestic Redwoods.