Balms, Media Jeweler, mAsis

Balms is a three piece shoegaze dreamare pop band based in San Francisco, CA founded in early 2013. They are known for their intensely emotive live shows, with a heaviness and drive that's built into the songwriting and performance alike.
Touring in support of their first self-titled EP, they have shared the stage with Creative Adult, Craft Spells, Cotillon, Eternal Summers, Wild Moth, Cool Ghouls, and more. The EP is an exploration of the introverted experience of life - in terms of ones relationship with yourself, a lover, and the outside world.

"Top 10 albums of 2014" for EP
"One of the best underground bands in town"
- The Deli Magazine

"hauntingly enchanted... beautifully revealing, and scarily open"
- The Bay Bridged

"some of the most beautifully executed shoegazey dreampop we've heard in some time"
"it's simply powerful stuff - the kind of record you want to hit repeat on over and over again" for EP
- Aquarius Records

"Balms ride like three young magi or wisemen offering treats more rare than gold, frankincense, and myrrh, taken from the arms of blissful sleepers"
- Impose Magazine

Jared Padovani - guitar / vocals
Michael Ascunsion - bass

Media Jeweler

Media Jeweler arose as a veritable phoenix out of the ashes of a revolving-door big band following an unexpected but celebratory funeral pyre supporting A Hawk and A Hacksaw in LA. Calls were made and within two weeks a leaner and decidedly meaner entity emerged, outlook fresh.

2 years later, “$99 R/T Hawaii” aims to capture the relentless restlessness of being alive on this increasingly weird and overstimulating planet. It was recorded and mixed in a casual and really quite nice three-day session during the dawn of spring at Machines with Magnets by Seth Manchester and Keith Souza (Battles, Lightning Bolt, etc.). It was mastered a week later by XOQ (Liars, Factory Floor, Martin Gore, etc.). The mood varies drastically on each of the seven tracks that make up the narrative of the album. We celebrated its completion with a few dozen jello shots at the local watering hole where we witnessed a man with a voice like crushed charcoal yell and storm out while Kid Rock’s deepest cuts droned.

Please note that MJ prefers to be referred to as a Rock Band full-stop, jubilantly taking into consideration all the trappings and tropes associated with Rock music. The nuance lost with the variety of modifying adjectives that can precede “Rock” is priceless.

While the underground and DIY music zeitgeist seems to be shifting to the more de rigueur palette of cold synths and hot beats, the poor guitar seems often to be seen as a vestige of something that has seen its moment in the sun and belongs on a wall or in a dumpster. Perhaps it does.

We embrace this. Everything always must come full circle; inversion is key in development, and moving forward is all that one can do.


Layering ethereal harmonies on a foundation of rhythmic sampling, mAsis experiments with electronic production and male/female vocals. This Glendale based trio's debut EP, "Kennesaw", has been played on KCRW and backed by blogs: Hillydilly, yvynyl, and Earmilk. mAsis' second EP is set to be released this Fall, along with remix and music video collaborations.

$5.00 - $7.00


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