It’s no wonder why The Zombies asked Mystic Braves to open their L.A. show last year. While the hometown favorites were barely even a blip on their respective parents’ radars when Odessey and Oracle was released, the psych-steeped five-piece sounds like they stepped straight out of the ’60s. And not in an obvious, someone’s-been-studying-their Nuggets-comps-until-the-grooves-give-out sort of way, either. We’re talking a richer, fuller plot of references (garage-borne greats like The Electric Prunes, The Chocolate Watchband and The Music Machine) that filter the band’s hook-centric purple haze through robust organ rolls, runaway guitar riffs, heat-stroked horns and a rhythm section that can only be described as “restless”.
Especially on Desert Island, a scrappy extension of the self-titled debut Mystic Braves dropped in 2013. From the ravenous opening remarks of “Bright Blue Day Haze”—the first song frontman Julian Ducatenzeiler wrote for the outfit, making it their mission statement in more ways than one—right on through the wild-eyed melodies of “Earthshake,” the filler-free effort is more aggressive than their last album yet about as immediately accessible as vapor-trailed rock music gets these days. It’s sunshine in a bottle, really, which can only be expected from a group with such deep California roots.
“The west coast has it all really—beaches, mountains, deserts, cities, suburbs,” explains Ducatenzeiler, who’s rounded out by drummer Cameron Gartung, guitarist Shane Stotsenberg, bassist Tony Malacara and organist/tambourinist Ignacio Gonzalez. “Our sound is merely a byproduct of the environments we grew up in and the experiences we had. We’re not trying to deliberately channel ’60s music, either; we simply write sensible pop songs from the heart with psychedelic textures and tones. It just comes natural to us.”
– Filter Magazine
The Creation Factory
People don't dance anymore to rock bands, but The Creation Factory is here to change that.
Channeling the sounds of 1960s psychedelic beats, the Los Angeles-based five-piece isn't just making music—"we're capturing the sort of sounds that people don't hear anymore," says front man Shane Stots—it's creating an experience.
"We're bringing sounds back from the grave, maybe better than they were before," Stots, who's also a member of L.A. rock group the Mystic Braves, says—and he's not kidding. The group uses authentic 1960s gear (and an era-appropriate look) to create blues-inflected rock designed to get a crowd's feet moving. It's no wonder, then, that the band—which sold out its first show and has a 45 forthcoming on Lolipop Records—will be opening for the Mystic Braves on a sure-to-be-soulful upcoming West Coast tour.
The Creation Factory was formed in 2014 when Stots pieced together a style-infused gang of psychedelic bandits, including band members Iggy Gonzalez (also of the Mystic Braves) on drums, Neil Soiland and Gabriel Pacheco on guitar and Peter Maffei (of The Electric Magpie) on keyboards. Stots himself provides bass and lead vocals.
While the musical appeal of The Creation Factory's hard to ignore, Stots insists the band's also out to show fans what they've been missing. "I'm trying to revive music and expose it to a younger generation," he says. "I'm going backwards to go forward."
So, while the past is firmly on The Creation Factory's side, it's the future that truly belongs to the band.