Mystic Braves

The Wayfarer Presents

Mystic Braves

The Jacks, The Bash Dogs

Fri, November 23, 2018

8:00 pm

$15.00

This event is 21 and over

Mystic Braves
Mystic Braves
Mystic Braves might be rooted in the psychedelic scene of the 1960s, but the band’s moment is happening right now.

After an impressive 2016 North American tour boasting packed shows from Brooklyn to San Francisco and beyond, the band returned home to Los Angeles only to sell out their homecoming show at the Echo, in advance. It’s only the latest in a string of triumphs for the band, who saw record turnout around the USA and for their winter European 2016 tour with sell out shows in London, Paris, Madrid, Berlin, Leon (Purple Weekend) and several other European cities.

Based in Echo Park, the Braves — who are signed to influential indie label Lolipop Records — are at the forefront of a white-hot garage band revival, and when the band isn’t selling out shows across the country, they’re playing alongside legendary groups like The Zombies and Brian Jonestown Massacre or providing the soundtrack for can’t-miss fashion events like Saint Laurent Paris’ Spring-Summer 2015 collection. While the group — made up of Julian Ducatenzeiler on guitar and vocals, Tony Malacara on bass and vocals, Shane Stotsenberg on guitar and vocals, Cameron Gartung on drums and Ignacio Gonzalez on organ and tambourine — isn’t straying far from what Ducatenzeiler calls “a blend of influence and sound that is unprecedented in contemporary music”.

“We’ve always been a pop-structured psych band and we’re continuing along those lines,” Ducatenzeiler says. “But we’re trying some new things out as well. We’ve elevated the songwriting” Indeed, the group is experimenting with more exotic instruments and is building a library of new songs to show off its invigorating style not only in the studio but at a series of big-ticket festivals including Burgerama, Beach Goth, Desert Daze and the Austin Psych Fest.

It’s a long way from how the band began. “We had no idea when we started that we’d come as far as we have,” Ducatenzeiler says. “But from the moment we released our demos, people have really responded.”


Mystic Braves sold out their first time show at the legendary Troubadour, West Hollywood, June 13, 2015

LA Record June 16, 2015

“Bust out the wavy gravy and let the psychedelia flow. The sold out crowd, unplugged and tuned into the Mystic Braves who are the grooviest boys you can imagine, came back to LA to close out their tour. Sporting the authentic style of the 60s and perfectly matching hair, the band infused a new edge to their style of retro music and the fans caught every chance to ride a wave. The flower power on their album Desert Island kept the kids up well past midnight and inspired moshing on every jam.”

“The scene at the Troubadour was indeed a dream-like, mind-bending, mind-altering, mind-expanding, mind-blowing musical trip.”
The Jacks
The Jacks
The Jacks stand by their claim, “We are not a rock band, we are a rock n’ roll band.” With a heavy influence from the British Invasion of the 1960s and 70s, The Jacks have developed a rare sound that is unruly, bold, and hard to be ignored - they won’t settle with blending into the scene. While not trying to fix what isn’t broken and pushing the boundaries for tomorrow, The Jacks consistently deliver fresh but timeless music.

From their live shows to their recording techniques, they keep integrity to who they are and how they believe their music should sound. The 4-piece doesn’t hide behind auto-tune, click tracks, or backing tracks, what you hear is what you get.

With their new single "Tonight" and a debut album release slated for early 2019, The Jacks are “holstering loads of promise, so it’s time you gave them a listen, have the advantage of being able to shout ‘I heard ’em before they got famous’ when they crack the big time, and indulge in some great music.” (One Stop Record Shop).
The Bash Dogs
The Bash Dogs
A spirit of exploration, of unity, of love - a musical philosophy that Orange County quartet The Bash Dogs keep alive with their psyched-out rock and roll, but also their pure devotion to the art form. Within their wah-wah riffs and groove, you hear echoes of Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, and the Maharishi-era Beatles—a kaleidoscope of Acid Rock, Freakbeat, and Garage-Psych that makes the Dogs the band to call when you want to get down like it’s 1969. They play for the love, with a powerful, booty-shakin’ energy that comes right back to them at their rowdy live shows. “Every song I write I try to incorporate some sort of message of love...and the most important thing: loving who you are playing with and especially who you are playing for” says front man Nate Barrett.

The Bash Dogs got their start when they were just pups, the seismic sounds of their parents’ albums inspiring them to pick up an instrument and play. Nate (vox and guitar) and brother Jeremy (drums), caught the bug after playing Van Morrison’s seminal “Gloria” at their 5th grade talent show—a high they’ve been riding ever since. The brothers met bassist Nathan Schmok—affectionally known as Schmoky Bear—in high school, deciding to form a band when they realized they knew all the same Led Zeppelin riffs. Rocking around as a power trio, the boys quickly embedded themselves in the Orange County scene, playing local institutions like the Observatory, House of Blues, and the Wayfarer building up an audience of bell-bottom wearing, record-collecting kids.

Wanting to give back to their local scene, The Bash Dogs started Soul Kitchen—a monthly residency at the House of Blues in Anaheim where the Dogs serve as founders, organizers, hosts, and house band, as their friends shimmy and shake all night long. Inspired by the scene around LA where they were going to college, Nate and Jerm decided to bring the outta-sight, all-vinyl DJ sets and Davey Wayne’s atmosphere back home to Orange County—as well as keyboard player Cole Riddle. It’s this fortuitous meeting that has added a whole new Manzarek-layer to their mood ring sound—allowing the band to fly even further out into rock and roll space. It’s a new direction reflected in the sophisticated time changes and experimental structure of new single, “Can You Feel Her”—Lysergic-dipped vocals and prog-rock jammin’ pointing to a refined, more mature sound that the Dogs are hyped to further unveil.

At a typical show, The Bash Dogs hit the stage around midnight, decked out in long hair and sharp suits—except dread-man Nayton who buzzed his head a cupla months back—and give the crowd all the lava lamp, psyched out, wah-wah guitar riffs they can handle. All their influences merge, and the songs are given extra life by the long instrumental jams they drop into most of their tunes. Succeeding in their dance party mission, all the kids in fringe vests and unbuttoned shirts go nuts, along with the enthusiastic go-go dancers up on stage. By the time the clock gets close to two, the Bash Dogs wrap things up with a guaranteed house-rocker like “Twist and Shout,” or Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline,” sending the kids out into the night with kaleidoscope visions of days gone by.

Currently, The Bash Dogs are making moves for a big 2018. Look for tour dates, three new singles just released January 5,—plus more new music and goodies throughout the year.
Venue Information:
The Wayfarer
843 W 19th Street
Costa Mesa, CA, 92627
http://www.wayfarercm.com