Strikewalker Entertainment Presents
Zodiac Death Valley
Hollow Mirrors, The Peach Kings & Down And Outlaws
Zodiac Death Valley
Producing simultaneously moody and sexy psychedelic rock, the Bay Area based ZODIAC DEATH VALLEY might sound like KINGS OF LEON had they been raised by Satanists as opposed to a traveling preacher. and what a superb time to be labeled as such. With every major music magazine Chicken Littling the epoch of a new psychedelic movement in rock (led by bands like MGMT, DEERHUNTER & ANIMAL COLLECTIVE) ZDV offer a more straightforward and referenced take on their forbear’s vintage Haight-Ashbury sounds. That’s not to say they’re all hippie dippie and asking Alice when she was ten feet tall. With Nathan Ricker’s organ playing and frontman Nic Abodeely’s morose musings on tracks like “Methadone Mambo” and Whiskey Won’t Tell,” their mood is much more akin to The Doors or pre Darkside” Pink Floyd . Whether they are pigeonholed or not Zodiac Death Valley seem content that this is the final dusk for the Age of Aquarius. And like the serial killer they’re named after their music seems ready to pounce.
San Francisco has long been known to be home of a lot of the US psych rock over the years. Hollow Mirrors joins that elite club. Formed in 2010, the band set fourth to play shows, write music and eventually record. The band recorded what became their self titled debut at the end of 2011. It has been said that the band shares a similar style to other psych bands such as White Hills and Wooden Shjips. After listening to their album I can safely say that those claims are true.
My first impressions of the album were pretty good. It is mellow, not to heavy, has plenty of psychedelics, some progressiveness, and some great guitar riffs and plenty to lose yourself in if that’s your type of thing. Really though, if you’re looking for an album to lose yourself into, Hollow Mirrors is a perfect choice. It’s mostly instrumental but there are some vocals throughout. It’s not very space rock-ish but more heavy psych and krautrock. “In A Convex Labyrinth” is a track that’s worth the price of the album alone. The guitar work and the drums make for a killer track.
The album is available digitally through Bandcamp. You can also order the vinyl edition from the band through their Bandcamp page. The album is really fucking good and I think you should at the very least listen to it and then let me know what you think in the comments.
The Peach Kings
The Peach Kings consist of Texas-born Paige Wood and Silver Lake, Los Angeles native Steven Trezevant Dies. Though formed in San Francisco, the band currently resides and works in Los Angeles alongside an awesome community of supportive individuals, artists, and brands.
The Peach Kings draw their sound and inspiration from the smoky smooth crackle of blues, folk, and soul vinyls as well as the hypodermic tones synthesized in various beat laboratories across the globe. Stripped down, The Peach Kings' power is derived from Paige's hauntingly sensual vocals combine with Steven's complementary rhythm and picking. Anything else is just jam on the pancakes; an edible blues concoction.
Down And Outlaws
We corral our desperation in a gang we call the Down and Outlaws. From our San Francisco home, we plan to carry our plague as far as it will take us. A band of four writers, our music walks the line between classic rock and blues, but it is centered around our own modern anxiety and heart. When the 'right' way keeps us down, we can't help but be outlaws.