Mystic Braves

Mystic Braves

Mystic Braves might be rooted in the psychedelic scene of the 1960s, but the band’s moment is happening right now.
Based in Echo Park, Los Angeles—home of a white-hot garage band revival of which the Braves are at the forefront—this five-piece musical sensation started out as a hobby, but for the musicians involved has become much more.

And while the group—made up of Julian Ducatenzeiler on guitar and vocals, Tony Malacara on bass and vocals, Shane Stotsenberg on guitar and vocals, Cameron Gartung on drums and Ignacio Gonzalez on organ and tambourine—isn’t straying far from what Ducatenzeiler describes as a “a blend of influence and sound that is unprecedented in contemporary music,” there are certainly some changes afoot.

Since the early days, Mystic Braves have gone on to release two full-length records—both recorded at Lolipop—and a single and have played extensively to ever-increasing crowds in Southern California and beyond. And the goodwill that their first songs garnered has never gone away.

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Souvenir Driver

Portland-based group Souvenir Driver label their sound as "bliss-pop", a self-professed hybrid of shoegaze, post-punk, new wave, psych, and pretty much whatever else they're digging at the moment. That philosophy results in a free and adventurous sound throughout their new album Living Water. As their third release, Living Water finds the band's sound at its fullest during an opportune time, fresh off local PDX acclaim and starting to accelerate in terms of national recognition. While the band's sound is distinctive, there is a resemblance to post-punk revivalists in the vein of Lower Dens and early Interpol, particularly because they have the ability to alternate between moments of shimmering beauty and hauntingly developmental post-rock. The use of deliciously reverbed guitar lines, nocturnal synths, and Nate Wey's translucent vocals certainly add to it all, as well.

"A wonderfully moody panorama of reverb-y dream pop."

"A sugary tribute to bands with a sour edge, namely Sonic Youth and Spacemen 3."

"Ahead of the curve."

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