LSD and the Search for God

LSD and the Search for God

LSD and the Search for God hit the Northern California coast in 2005––seemingly from another place and time––dosing San Francisco with hypnotic shows built upon swirling guitars, otherworldly drones, fuzzed-out pop melodies, and dreamy vocal harmonies.

With reviews of early shows and recordings drawing comparisons to My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Yo La Tengo, Spacemen 3, and Sonic Youth, the band quickly developed a must-see reputation within the underground psychedelic music scene.

When LSD finally released their self-titled debut EP (Mind Expansion Records, 2007) it sold out from the record label prior to the official release date. It earned critical acclaim and continues to frequently appear on lists of essential shoegaze releases. The EP was twice reissued on vinyl (Deep Space Recordings, 2008, 2015), twice on cassette (Cellar Door Tapes, 2015), and selected tracks were featured on three compilations: Mind Expansion Vol. 1, M.E. Vol. 2, and Australian nugazer compilation Take Me on the Wildest Spree (Rubber Records/EMI, 2008).

LSD's most recent release, Heaven Is a Place (Space Age Recordings, 2016), captures a snapshot in time soon after Ricky Maymi (Brian Jonestown Massacre) temporarily joined the band on drums. Like the self-titled EP, it garnered critical acclaim and frequented many Best Of lists. Pop Matters calls it, "a long-awaited sermon for the faithful and a blazing induction for new converts," while Primal Music says it's "another astonishing collection of five psychedelic stories glistening with the same spaced out ingredients that blew my mind way back in 2007."

LSD's time and space travels have led them all over the U.S., Canada, and Europe, including tours with Martin Rev (Suicide), Sonic Boom (Spacemen 3), and The Telescopes, as well as appearances at Levitation--Austin Psych Fest, SoCal's Desert Daze, Manchester's Cosmosis Festival (with The Jesus and Mary Chain), Bathysphere (with A Place To Bury Strangers), twice at Desert Stars (first with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, then The Dandy Warhols), Calgary's Garbage Daze, and Portugal's Reverence Valada (with The Damned, The Oh Sees, and Silver Apples).

A new record is currently in the works.

The Creation Factory

People don't dance anymore to rock bands, but The Creation Factory is here to change that.

Channeling the sounds of 1960s psychedelic beats, the Los Angeles-based five-piece isn't just making music—"we're capturing the sort of sounds that people don't hear anymore," says front man Shane Stots—it's creating an experience.

"We're bringing sounds back from the grave, maybe better than they were before," Stots, who's also a member of L.A. rock group the Mystic Braves, says—and he's not kidding. The group uses authentic 1960s gear (and an era-appropriate look) to create blues-inflected rock designed to get a crowd's feet moving. It's no wonder, then, that the band—which sold out its first show and has a 45 forthcoming on Lolipop Records—will be opening for the Mystic Braves on a sure-to-be-soulful upcoming West Coast tour.

The Creation Factory was formed in 2014 when Stots pieced together a style-infused gang of psychedelic bandits, including band members Iggy Gonzalez (also of the Mystic Braves) on drums, Neil Soiland and Gabriel Pacheco on guitar and Peter Maffei (of The Electric Magpie) on keyboards. Stots himself provides bass and lead vocals.

While the musical appeal of The Creation Factory's hard to ignore, Stots insists the band's also out to show fans what they've been missing. "I'm trying to revive music and expose it to a younger generation," he says. "I'm going backwards to go forward."

So, while the past is firmly on The Creation Factory's side, it's the future that truly belongs to the band.

Bronze

Bronze began life in 2006, in a warehouse in San Francisco's then unfashionable Bayview District. Vocalist Robert Spector, Drummer Brian Hock(aka techno trickster C.L.A.W.S., formerly of seminal Goth/Electronic band, The Vanishing, who currently runs Squirrels on Film record label with DJ Solar Langevin) and Miles Friction, wielder of his one and only synth creation known as "The Box", create gritty, electronic, hypnotic sound puzzles and songs unlike any other band. Playing early shows alongside like-minded Bay Area weirdos such as Erase Errata, Oh Sees, Factrix, Death Sentence: Panda, Sam Flax, Apache, 16 Bitch Pile-Up and countless others from around the country and globe, Bronze have been a study in persistence, recording and releasing albums on RVNG Intl, Not Not Fun, and Burka For Everybody, and doing multiple U.S. and European tours. Their shows, which have been equally likely to take place at underground punk spaces, legendary San Francisco leather bar, The Eagle Tavern, or upscale Art Institutions(they've played both the Sf MOMA and New York's PS1) have attained a cult status among those who know. One longtime fan is former San Francisco scene svengali, John Dwyer of Oh Sees, who recorded Bronze for his "Live in San Francisco" lp series on Castle Face records, which was released in Spring 2016.

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