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Cool Ghouls

Cellar Doors & Cool Ghouls Co-Residency at Amnesia in San Francisco Begins TONIGHT

A single bill with both Cool Ghouls and Cellar Doors on it is a knock-out for any garage-psych fan. Multiply that formula by four and you get Amnesia's March residency. Every Tuesday this month, two of San Francisco's premiere rock and roll outfits--and some of California's biggest underground bands--will be co-headlining a residency at the intimate Valencia Street staple, and you can join the party for the sliding scale of $7-$10.

Since releasing their eponymous debut LP in 2013, the Cool Ghouls have risen to the forefront of the city's rock and roll community with a raw, classically-minded sound and raucous live shows. With infectious harmonies, three rotating lead vocalists and the occasional horn section, they never offer the same show twice, and these residency shows will be no different. Currently in the process of recording their second record, the band is ready to unload some new material, though you can also bet on hearing crowd favorites like Natural LIfe and the sweet, facial hair-inspired Grace.

Cellar Doors channels the city's underground psychedelic scene of the 1960s through their own modern, post punk filter. The result is a dark, distorted psych sound that exists in the more sinister spectrum of rock and roll. Though the band has only released a single EP, 2011's The Melody Haunts My Reverie, they have been busy spreading their reverb-soaked music like a plague throughout the Bay Area and beyond. Live shows are the only place to hear the band's latest tunes, so take advantage of the chance to catch them multiple weeks in a row at one of the cozier venues in San Francisco.  -Lauren Espina


Cool Ghouls Seasides and California Raga Association Support Spindrift's Duel Bay Area Shows - 1/25 &1/26

Seasides, DJ Andy Human and Cosmonauts are playing the first night of Sprindrift's two Bay Area shows this weekend. The first show will take place TONIGHT at the Night Light in Oakland. Seasides is a Bay Area-based band highly influenced by '70s glam rock with a little bit of garage rock attitude thrown in. Also playing along Spindrift is Burger Records band, Cosmonauts. This band rejoices in reverb-heavy, trance influenced musical stylings.

The second show, occuring on January 26th at San Francisco’s Brick and Mortar Music Hall features the Cosmonauts, California Raga Association, Cool Ghouls and DJs, Tony the Tyger and Jodie Artichoke. The first band to perform will be San Francisco-based band, Cool Ghouls. Hot off their self titled album release last year, the band is known for crafting catchy psych rock tunes loaded to the brim with harmonies. Next is California Raga Association. If you’re looking for a deeply spiritual experience with psych music thrown in, this may be the band for you. According to the group, California Raga Association is a “musical magickal spell that energetically aligns any computer or stereo it is being played through.”

Los Angeles based, Spindrift can now properly be considered an institution of sorts. Seeking to combine elements of psych rock and spaghetti westerns, they have cultivated a sound all their own. Influenced by bands such as The Doors, My Bloody Valentine and Hawkind from the start, the band has gone above and beyond in their creative endeavors. Nearly 20 years later they have two films under their belt - “The Legend of God’s Gun” (2008) and “Spindrift – Ghost of the West,” which is said to be released this year. By marrying film and music together, Spndrift has proven time and time again their importance in the independent music scene.

That said, be sure to see them live in the Bay Area. You have ample opportunities!  -Erin Dage

The Spyrals Cool Ghouls Unstrung and Santoros Play Brick & Mortar Music Hall TONIGHT

Come check out local garage-psyche rockers The Spyrals who will be sharing the bill with Cool Ghouls, Unstrung and the L.A. based band, Santoros this Friday at The Brick and Mortar Music Hall! If you’re a fan of vintage rock and roll, psychedelic guitar freak-outs and an intense amount of reverb, then we implore you check out this heavy garage rock line up. The Spyrals are bringing a new batch of tight, melodic garage rock songs reminiscent of 60’s acts like The Sonics and 13th Floor Elevators. No strangers to a good old-fashioned feedback jam, The Spyrals also know how to bring raw energy to a live performance and are sure to put on a kick ass show. -Ethan Varian


Cool Ghouls Release New Live Music Video for Grace

Check out this beautifully shot video of the Cool Ghouls performing their song Grace. This intriguing video includes an interview like introduction from the band explaining the origin and lyrical content of this powerful and dramatic track, garage rock ode to facial hair. 

Shrouded in ocean fog at an abandoned bunker overlooking the Pacific ocean, the band rips through a soulful rendition of Grace, with a full horn section, and plenty of style. In all honesty will make you a loyal fan on the spot. Keep an eye out for this group. They’re sure to become a mainstay of SF’s resurgent garage rock scene. We're a big fan of their live performances and innovative composition style. -Ethan Varian

Cool Ghouls - "Grace" from Yours Truly on Vimeo.


Polyvinyl Records To Release Local Garage Rock Compilation I Need You Bad

You can now preorder Polyvinyl Record’s upcoming compilation I Need You Bad, a collection of (mostly) San Francisco garage rock curated by Sonny Smith of Sonny & the Sunsets. The LP is set for 1000 pressings on “slime green” vinyl to be released along with a digital version on 11/26. The album features local bands including garage pop darlings Cool Ghouls, understated folk goddess Jessica Pratt as well as a new song from Sonny & the Sunsets. Preview a number of the tracks online at the Polyvinyl store and check back for new tracks to be debuted each week until the album’s release. -Ethan Varian


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