Dead Skeletons

Dead Skeletons

Dead Skeletons is an exciting musical and visual art project from Iceland which is made up of the core trio of Jon Saemunder Audarson, Henrik Bjornsson (Singapore Sling, Go-Go Darkness, Han and Tank), and Ryan Carlson van Kriedt (Asteroid #4). The group has exploded onto the scene as musical, visual, and philosophical leaders. Their mantra, "He Who Fears Death Cannot Enjoy Life" is a universal truth, and something we would all do well to live by. The band's startling and innovative visuals are driven by frontman Jon Saemunder Audarson, who along with Brian Jonestown Massacre frontman Anton Newcombe, has piloted the underground sensation that is Dead TV.

Dead Skeletons (IS) came into being in 2008 as an accompaniment to an installation for a show at the Reykjavik art museum by Jón Sæmundur . Looking for a spiritual battle hymn for the show, the trio began recording. This initial song, Dead Mantra, became an underground hit, prompting the full length lp Dead Magick (A Records), released by the band in 2011.

'Dead Mantra' is battle of life winning over death and the sonic palette that colours the struggle between fight and surrender is consistent throughout. In the middle of this hypnotic maelstrom come the otherworldly vocals. Bathed in echo and reverb, they attempt to find their way from a spiritual battleground that suggests a strange ambiguity over whether the desire for life can keep mortality away for just that bit longer.

2012 has seen Jón Sæmundur put a much anticipated live act together with the original band and joining them earlier this year Will Carruthers (ex Spacemen 3). Dead Skeletons embarked on their first European tour to sell out crowds everywhere. including a headline performance on the Pavilion Stage at this years Roskilde Festival and the main act at Liverpool Psych Fest.

"I am utterly addicted to Dead Mantra by the Dead Skeletons, pure magic
and pure rock and roll genius. Can't wait to see it live.."
Alan McGee

Old Testament

Among other things, Old Testament is a band formed in Los Angeles early in the year 5,772. While currently a member of psych rock faves Dead Meadow, singer and songwriter Jason Simon gradually began accumulating a stash of songs that fell outside the realm of riff and heavy fuzz haze. Where they do land is somewhere in the long lost America as envisioned by Harry E. Smith in his anthology of haunting blues, backwoods ballads, and god fearing gospel. With the addition of electric organ, singing drums, blown out harmonica, and droning harmonium, Old Testament creates a folk rock sound along the lines of Dylan and the Band's "Basement Tapes" or Fred Neil during one of his raga inspired improvisations. Featuring Jason Simon on the vox n guitar, the masterful drum work of Ryan Rapsys, the mournful howl of Oak Munson's harp, the always tasteful Nate Ryan on the organ and guitar, and the beautiful Jessica Senteno on the harmonium.

Mark Matos/OS Beaches (w/Jeffrey Davies of BJM)

Portuguese-American guitarist/songwriter Mark Matos and his super-collective, Os Beaches, traffic in Americalia: a mutant mix of Desert Rock, Tropicalia, California Country and San Francisco Psychedelia. MM & OB's well received 2009 debut,Words Of The Knife, drew comparisons to Beck (All Music Guide), John Steinbeck's California regionalism (Crawdaddy), and Howe Gelb (Present Magazine). Featuring contributions from members of Girls, The Blank Tapes, and Jolie Holland's band, the album inspired the LA Weekly to proclaim "Mark Matos & Os Beaches re-invent Western Exotica."

In 2012 Matos ("SF's Psych-Rock Mystic" -The Bay Bridged) was the subject of feature stories in both the SF Bay Guardian and the SF Weekly, which described Matos' performances as having "an electric unpredictability... the sense that the music could leap into something incredible at any moment, and it often does." In the same year the band (now featuring Damo Suzuki guitarist Josh Pollock) headlined the Great American Music Hall, performed a rock opera with props built by Phil Lesh's prop team, and established their own Last Waltz style rock & roll roadshow/festival, The Family Folk Explosion.

Os Beaches' fearless and untamed live sets draw on the loose lineage of classic San Francisco acts like the Jefferson Airplane and Brian Jonestown Massacre (former BJM guitarist Jeff Davies was an early supporter and has since become a regular member of Os Beaches). Their live exploits have earned the band a reputation as one of SF's best shows and gained the band a dedicated and rambunctious following in the Greater San Francisco Area as well as a growing legion of believers beyond Matos' California home.

MM's current digital release, Coyote & The Crosser, features Iggy & The Stooges' Steve Mackay and was named Top Ten SF Bay Area Album of 2012 by PopDose. It is Part One of Matos' sprawling Coyote-Future Mythology. He is presently living it up in Los Angeles' Echo Park, where he is finishing up Part Two: Native Son Of The Golden West.

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