Spirit Award is the moniker for Seattle-based singer/songwriter Daniel Lyon. The band’s vision has always been to make something with intention, love, vulnerability, raw emotion, and authenticity that captures the human spirit. The sound has morphed into a feeling and sound that is motorik, psychedelic, fuzzy, ethereal, driving, and aggressive but still maintains some pop sensibilities, citing the work of Arthur Russell, Neu!, and Suicide among their inspiration. The new album, “The Fear” is an exploration of the supernatural, love, dreaming/waking, and most of all facing the things that scare you or you think you can’t do, all encompassed in a warping and changing landscape. Shedding your perceived notions of what you think life or the world is and being open to new ideas or experiences. “The Fear” is intended as a meditation, a release of energy and putting positivity and motivation for creating love and joy, challenging what you were raised in or what society tells you to believe. Finding what rings true to you based on your experience, enjoying the journey with plenty of room to ask questions and entertain the mystical.
L.A. Witch’s self-titled debut album unfurled like hazy memories of late night revelries in the city center creeping back in on a hungover Sunday morning. Guitarist/vocalist Sade Sanchez purred and crooned over jangling guitar chords, painting pictures of urban exploits, old American haunts, and private escapades with a master’s austerity. Bassist Irita Pai and drummer Ellie English polished the patina of the band’s vintage sound, adding a full-bodied thump and intoxicating swing to the album’s dusty ballads, ominous invitations, and sultry rock songs.
Punk rockers Baby Shakes have been on a mission to revive the grime and gruel of the early New York punk scene since the beginning of their musical journey. With their determination and power-packed repertoire, they’re already heading in the right direction.
Vinyl Williams is a celestial rock / harmonious pop group based in Los Angeles, led by songwriter Lionel Williams. Lionel is also known for his hyper-dimensional interactive & lo-fi video art videos created for his own fans, as well as other artists such as Tears For Fears, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Morgan Delt etc. Visit the Projects page for a full list of multimedia works.
In Los Angeles, where the weight and pressure of the city’s fast paced culture can make your legs feel like pillars, emerges psychedelic quartet, Levitation Room, to break the bonds of gravity with their cosmic wall of sound and thought provoking lyrics. “Just as their name suggests, Levitation Room’s music instills the listeners ears with a light feeling of floating. The dreamy guitar and Lo-Fi projections of psychedelic rock and garage are reminiscent of a deep 1960’s era, but still grounded in an alternative dreamgaze flavor that permeates modern indie music today.” – OC Weekly. Their decidedly hallucinogenic songs whisper and hum the same gentle refrain of their summer of love influences, conjuring up the cognitive imagery of sunny days at the park, spent with friends in a euphoric haze along with lyrical and sonic meditations on life, love, society and self-awareness.
Kate Clover is a songwriter and musician from Los Angeles, California. From the local lineage of bands like X, Germs, and The Gun Club, to the glamorous destitution of the downtown streets, Clover is inspired by the city that raised her, exploring the intricacies of self-discovery, self-creation, and self-preservation in the place where dreams are born to die. With the live-wire energy and crackling force of defiant fists raised in the air, Clover’s music is the rallying cry of a natural born killer. Leading an ace band of rangy, rowdy boys, Clover cuts an electric figure–a next-gen underground hero for the would-be believers.
Over the past decade, Gringo Star have made a name for themselves as one of Atlanta’s most valuable rock & roll exports, carrying the torch for hazy, psychedelic garage rock in a city primarily valued for its contributions to hip-hop. Gringo Star have outlasted wave after wave of buzz bands and indie blog darlings, carving their own career path through constant reinvention and an unparalleled work ethic, amassing a loyal and enthusiastic international fanbase along the way
Formed in 2016, Vintage Crop are the latest export from Australia’s punk & garage rock capital; Geelong. The town has spawned Ausmuteants, The Frowning Clouds & The Living Eyes before them, with each of those bands (and their offshoots) taking turns in moulding Vintage Crop’s sound
Formed in 2011, while most of the band were still college students at SF State, Cool Ghouls has been a mainstay and crowd favorite among the Bay Area’s rock’n’roll scene for the last 7 years. Increasingly, they are becoming a crowd favorite in cities elsewhere too.
Seattle’s favorite children Steal Shit Do Drugs have been creating their own brand of proto-punk and scuzz rock for the past for years. Currently consisting of Kennedy Carda (Vocals), Erika Mayfield (Bass), Pete Capponi (drums) and the recent addition of Nicki Danger (Guitar). Drawing comparisons to The Stooges, The Fall and The Cramps, SSDD bring an intense and wild live show.They are gearing up for their third European tour this summer and are busy at work on a follow up album to their self titled LP out now on Annibale Records.
Emerging from the wreckage of his childhood band The Pharmacy, Scott Yoder arrived
clad in a black cloak, stomping to the beat of his own sparkling tambourine. Over the course of two LPs he has toured the world, espousing a more personal distillation of his cathartically melancholic song craft. Nearly always on the road, he has honed his live act with a crunching, yet sensitive backing band of similarly-inclined misfits. The glitter- folk balladeer, adorned in mascara & bell bottoms invites you to sway to his entrancing charm as he releases a series of 6 singles in 2019.
Since 2016, Oakland’s Marbled Eye has been crafting tightly wound post-punk over a couple of EPs, and the band just released its first full length, Leisure, The band’s sound includes a relentless two-guitar attack and a driving rhythm section that add up to some remarkably strong songs.
Brighton’s Wax Machine are a band so steeped in the kernel of psychedelic seep that there’s every indication they may have slipped through a side door in space-time and sprouted anew a few years back on the UK coast.
Big Mountain County is a four piece wild and dirty psych rock band, started in Rome in 2012. In just a few years the band has earned international acclaim for their European tours and participation in festivals: at Binic Folks Blues Festival (France) they were invited to perform two years in a row and at Rome Psych Fest, the press unanimously declared them “best live band 2016”.
Having placed İhsani and Mahzuni, the legendary poets of Anatolia, in the centre of his music, fed both by Syd Barrett’s psychedelia and Captain Beefheart’s unique naughty attitude, being one of the heirs of Anatolian folk genre Umut Adan’s new hit “Eflatun Kardeşler”, represented by GRGDN Music, will be globally available on all digital platforms as of 9th April 2021.
Hailing from Florence, an Italian hotbed of poetry and arts, Pearz is the musical moniker of multi-instrumentalist Francesco Perini. Having cut his teeth as a former member of The Hacienda and as session musician for the likes of Tess Parks and M!R!M, the London-based artist’s solo endeavours stem from “years of erratic and sleepless music nights”.
Following 2020’s Nocturnal EP, new single ‘Social Amnesia’ is a disillusioned dance track that draws from a melting-pot of influences. Nodding to Italian soundtracks, elements of nu jazz and nostalgic hip-hop beats, the largely instrumental composition glistens with enthusiasm and a love for making music. Layering synthesized strings atop of a groovy bass line, reminiscent of Liquid Liquid’s famously sampled banger ‘Cavern’, the infectious rhythm section wouldn’t sound out of place on Primal Scream’s seminal Screamadelica. Continually elevating across its 4-minute duration, gritty guitars add a satisfying sense of dirt to the well-produced piece before giving way to a disorientating piano outro.
Rawpower, super primitive garage punk, desperate no-wave, trashed out rock’n’roll combo, based in Turin/Italy. Tony Machete on drums, Ivy Claudy screaming and snare, Buddy Fuzz at strings. These guys run straight with hard and tense songs, a dirty sound and lo-fi noise excursions. Weird r’n’r made up of an abrasive and sick voice out of control. Delirious and strong.
California-based DJ and producer, Al Lover, has spent the last decade crafting a truly unique style of music. Influenced as much by trip hop and psychedelic rock as by funk and world groove, he blends genres together seamlessly with an eclectic sonic palette. His distinctive re-edited, Dj sets focus on exploring deep, mid-tempo grooves, drenched in head-splitting, psychedelic effects. Musical styles and borders melt away as the listener is swept into an ethereal stew of body movement and mind expansion. Since 2012, Al Lover has been busy touring the world and releasing a slew of projects on multiple labels (Fuzz Club, Hoga Nord, Stolen Body Records, The Reverberation Appreciation Society, PNKSLM & Crash Symbols) as well as collaborating with artists such as The Brian Jonestown Massacre, White Fence, Goat and Cairo Liberation Front. He also works with US festivals, Desert Daze & Levitation Austin as head playlist curator.
Reptaliens is an alternative indie band based out of Portland, OR performing dreamy synth pop reminiscent of acts like TOPS, Cults, and Beach House. Powered by the creative force of Bambi and Cole Browning, the band formed in 2016 and released their debut LP FM-2030 through Captured Tracks in 2017. By the time they released their sophomore LP VALIS (Captured Tracks), the band had already achieved an extensive touring history supporting acts such as Foxygen, Of Montreal, Turnover, and STRFKR across the United States. Reptaliens’ high energy live performance includes a cast of actors dressed as aliens and psychedelic projections which has won fans over across the globe while showing no signs of slowing down.
With their third LP Multiverse (Captured Tracks) the band explores a different sound as they replace synthesizers with guitars in order to create a faster paced, more up-beat sound from their previous efforts. Drawing inspiration from 90’s shoegaze and grunge, Reptaliens worked with Mikaelin “Blue” Bluespruce (Mariah Carey, Solange, Blood Orange) to create their most polished release to date as the band continues its upward trajectory from lo-fi home recording project to household name.
Born in Auckland, New Zealand and now residing in New York
Dion Lunadon played with several bands during the ’90s and 2000s,
most notably The D4, who released two albums on legendary NZ label
Flying Nun Records. After The D4 broke up in 2006, Lunadon moved
to New York City. He then started playing bass for noise rockers
A Place To Bury Strangers, appearing and writing on their studio
albums Worship (2012) Transfixiation (2015) and Pinned (2018) as
well as several singles and EPs. While taking a break from touring
with A Place To Bury Strangers, Lunadon recorded a self-titled solo
album encompassing all that he loves about rock n roll. Previewed by
the single “Com/Broke,” Lunadon’s LP arrived in 2017 on Agitated
Records. In March 2020 Dion decided to leave APTBS and
concentrate full time on his own music. In June 2020, he released the
song “When Will I Hold You Again” and September 2020 saw the
release of the “Schreien” EP. In June 2021 Lunadon decided to put a
band together to give his songs life.
On August 27th 2021, The Third Sound will release their fifth album ‘First Light’ on Fuzz Club Records. Dealing in a hypnotic blend of neo-psychedelia, post-punk and new wave, The Third Sound is a Berlin-based band led by the Icelandic musician Hákon Aðalsteinsson, who is the guitarist in Brian Jonestown Massacre and formerly played in the cult rock’n’roll outfit Singapore Sling. A mainstay of the European psych underground in his own right, not just through his collaborations with the likes of Anton Newcombe and Tess Parks. The rest of the band is currently comprised of Robin Hughes (Guitar / Organ), Fred Sunesen (Drums) and Andreas Miranda (Bass). With a number of European tours in tow, the band have previously shared the stage with the likes of the Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Warlocks, Singapore Sling, Crocodiles, Clinic, Tess Parks and more.
The story of the band began in 2015, with a trip to Tepoztlán made by Lucas Martín, Mateo Sánchez and Andrés Lupone with the intention of making a couple of songs. Half a year later, Sebastián Rojas and Jeronimo Martín would join the group, completing the identity of the project. SEI STILL has been presented in a series of festivals and concerts around the Mexican Republic and the United States,sharing the stage with groups such as Stereolab and Kikagaku Moyo at the Festival Hypnosis. As well as, Institute,Lorelle Meets The Obsolete, 10000 Russos,Tajak, Ariel Guzik, Somesurprises , New Candys, Holy Wave, Mint Field and Mueran Humanos.
Band founder and lead singer Leonard Kaage is known as the guitar player of The Underground Youth but also for his work with acts like Anton Newcombe, Holy Motors, The Blue Angel Lounge and many more. The Swedish multi-instrumentalist first took the opportunity to pick up a blank canvas and paint with his own instrumentation, production and arrangement in 2019.The debut EP “Servant” was recorded and played solely by Kaage in his basement studio in Friedrichshain, They are currently working on a full-length debut album which is planned to be released internationally in the summer of 2022. Until then you can see the band playing shows all over Europe and the UK.
Flying Moon In Space are a six-piece band from Leipzig, Germany borne out of live improvisations which are known to last hours at a time. Having clocked-up nearly fifty shows in their home-city alone, as well as support slots with The Holydrug Couple, Elephant Stone and The Sweet Release of Death and a couple of headline tours around Europe, the group have now signed to London-based label Fuzz Club for their self-titled debut LP. A shape-shifting blend of driving Krautrock aesthetics, vivid psychedelic pop and techno-indebted electronics.
It’s in the heart of 2018’s summer, settled the youth cultural center of their hometown, that Margot, Théo and Eliott start composing what will become Funtastic. Soon the atmosphere surrounding them modeled a made-to-measure environment full of vivid colors and all kind gym mats.
Arriving like Brazil’s answer to The War On Drugs, Atalhos combines the reverb-rinsed touches of 80s’ Springsteen, the gentle grandiosity of Arcade Fire and the day-dreaminess guitar pop of Real Estate or Beach Fossils to create music as touching as it is timeless. And in 2022, the rising São Paulo band will release their new album: ‘A Tentação do Fracasso’.
UV-TV was formed in 2015 by Gainsville, Florida musicians Rose Vastola and Ian Bernacett. The two songwriters were eventually joined by drummer Ryan Hopewell, and with Vastola on lead vocals and bass and Bernacett handling guitar duties and some vocals, they began working on material that incorporated the drive of hazy, C-86 punk, lo-fi recording techniques, and occasional moments when gears would shift from fervent bashing into shoegaze ambience.
The Baggios is one of the most important rock bands in Brazil today. They played at Lollapalooza Brasil in 2016 and toured over Mexico, Italy, France, Switzerland, Canada, and the United States, as well as more than 80 cities in Brazil. The Baggios has now 05 albums, 01 dvd and more than 15 years of career, the trio (nominated to the Latin Grammy in 2017 and 2019 – Best Rock Album) has collected great feedbacks around the world for their visceral shows and originality in their albums.
Born in 2017/2018 in Mantua (Northern Italy), after the end of their first musical project (electioneering), the founding members of a/lpaca Christian Bindelli and Andrea Verrastro start playing with keyboard player Andrea Fantuzzi and drummer Alessio Lain; after briefly maintaining the sound of their previous band (alt-.indie), they are influenced by several local groups (Plastic Light Factory, of which Christian Bindelli becomes bassist, submeet, Bee Bee Sea etc.) and by the psychedelic, garage, post punk sound of national and international bands.
FREEZ the up-and-coming garage rock band from Schio (Italy) formed by Michele, Stef and Nicolò are one of the youngest actively touring bands from the Dolomiti region. FREEZ sound like they were born and raised on the California coast, unapologetically taking their echo-drenched, surf-punk vibe straight out of Oakland, San Francisco, and Long Beach.
Leatherette are born in Bologna, Italy, in 2018. The name was inspired by the iconic single ‘Warm Leatherette’, by The Normal. ‘Leatherette’ sounded like a mockery of rock music and the rockstar cult: ‘fake’ leather as a device for self-irony, something cheap, punk, disgraceful. Initially the band was a trio, formed by Michele Battaglioli (fka Dolan Tymas – guitarist and lead singer), Francesco Bonora (Baseball Gregg, Sleap-e – drums) and Marco Jespersen (bass). During the same year the first self-produced demo No Way was released. In 2019 the band expanded, with the arrival of Jacopo Finelli (sax, synths) and Andrea Gerardi (guitar)
The Shivas are a rock and roll band from Portland, Oregon formed in 2006. In the years since forming they have brought their raucous dance party to almost all 50 United States, and over 25 countries around the world, meanwhile releasing five full-length albums, three EPs and various singles. Their sixth LP, ‘Feels So Good // Feels So Bad’ is slated for release in the Fall of 2021 on the Tender Loving Empire label.