Gardens and Villa

Gardens and Villa

Gardens & Villa is the project of five college friends from Santa Barbara, formed following the collapse of a noisier post-punk band and a hitch-hiking journey up the west coast. Members Chris Lynch, Adam Rasmussen, Levi Hayden, Shane McKillop began playing in earnest as Gardens & Villa in 2008. The name is pulled from the location of their house on Villa Street, and the property's lovely garden to which they tend. The music they make is very much connected to coastal city they call home -- the stoney bike rides, dance parties, a scene free of judgment. For two weeks in the summer of 2010, the band camped behind visionary and now-labelmate Richard Swift's Oregon studio. No shower, no kitchen, but all the magic you could ask for. After taking a band oath to always play all parts live -- a la Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense -- the band added member Dusty Ineman to supremely execute the live incarnation of the band.


Waterstrider formed in the Berkeley co-ops in 2009. After several incarnations the band has refined itself into a 4 piece: Scott Brown, Walker Johnson, Brijean Murphy, and Nate Salman. They are hard at work on their first full length album. Ranging from melancholic and dreamy to foot-stomping revelry, the band fills their songs with sincerity, sadness, and joy. This is music you hear while stumbling out of a tangled forest into a fire dance of magical creatures. Waterstrider is percussion-infused rock played with soul.

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