Encapsulating sonic soundscapes ranging from My Bloody Valentine’s reverb-soaked shoegaze, Dead Meadow’s psychedelic haze and Temples’ contemporary fuzz, Ancient River breaks from the constraints of musical genres to create an aurally expansive world. Originating in 2000, guitarist and singer/songwriter James Barreto staked a name for himself in Gainesville, Florida, playing with his then instrumental psych band The Ohm, as well as recording local bands and music for indie films. He quickly engulfed himself in the music scene, turning his home into a recording studio and rehearsal space surrounded by like-minded and creative individuals. After incorporating drummer Alex Cordova in the band in 2011, the duo set off traveling the states and Europe, often away on tour for months at a time. No strangers to the ongoing festival circuit, the band has performed all star lineups at Austin’s Psych Fest, the Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia, Desert Stars Festival and Psychedelic Revolution Festival France.
Exclusive track premiere for The Frogs’ cover of “Starboy” off O.D.D.S. II
Ancient River is set to release their ninth album and second installment for O.D.D.S. II (Outtakes, Demos, Demons and Singles II), on Thursday, March 2nd. O.D.D.S. II clocks in at 42 minutes with eleven tracks ranging from noisy dream pop, energetic garage rock and even minimalist atmospheric studio compositions, never constrained to one specific genre or predictable sound. Be sure to make your way to Cheer Up Charlies to celebrate their album release tomorrow night along with sets by desert/psych crooners Lord Buffalo, bluesy rock ‘n’ roll stomps from The Ghost Wolves, experimental beats by Al Lover and dreamy garage rock riffs by The Fibs (based in Forth Worth, Texas). The show starts at 9PM with a mere $5 cover — don’t forget to RSVP on Do512 for your chance to win a free pair of tickets as well as Ancient River’s vinyl for Keeper of the Dawn!
Trish Connelly is the Austin-based guru who does booking and promoting at Cheer Up Charlies under The Nothing Song. She’s always down to collaborate and plan a show or event in town. She’s an expert with mixtapes (for all musicians out there you’ll want to send her your stuff!), and making connections with the cool kids. You can follow her on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.