Cellar Doors, Posole, Mark Matos & Os Beaches

Cellar Doors

“Depeche Mode and Joy Division robbed the biggest bank in London, and in the safe they found Cellar Doors. I love music you can rob a bank to and this does that for me.”
- ALEX MAAS, (The Black Angels)

Hailing originally from LA via San Francisco, Cellar Doors are blowing up fast within the thriving Californian Psych scene.

Leading exponents of what is being called the third wave of psychedelic sound, they have also been coaxed out of their thriving underground scene for support slots via. invitation from the likes of BRMC, Roky Erickson, Toy, Allah-Las, Mystic Braves and Alex Maas (Black Angels) among others.

Their much anticipated debut album is one of the most hotly tipped in recent times around the Bay Area, dripping with pure power psych melody overlaid onto undulating walls of sound. Powerful, brooding and danceable all at the same time, it feels timeless and cutting edge all at once.

Lead single “Frost” sounds like “helicopter blades cutting through thick black molasses”, tearing out of the speakers as if it were a forgotten classic heard on the jukebox of some far away planet, conveying the simple electricity of attraction whilst staring at your own life in a hall of warped mirrors.

The single comes out as a limited edition white vinyl 7” on Spiritual Pajamas Records (home to Mammatus, The Entrance Band, Magic Trick among others) on February 14th, and is accompanied with a video by the English director Nathan Seabrook.

Posole mixes Mariachi storytelling with surf rock, Latin and Afrobeat rhythms. Formed in San Francisco, they take in all the diversity in which they are surrounded in and outsource it into music.

Mark Matos & Os Beaches

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.

Liquid Oil Lighting by Mad Alchemy

Amazing liquid light performance artist.

DJ Joel Gion

of Brian Jonestown Massacre


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