Born and raised in Fog Nation’s stripmall suburbs, these boys dreamed of the day when they would move to Shaky City. San Francisco - the town so many of their electric heroes (Creedence, Thee Oh Sees, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Flamin’ Groovies etc.) call(ed) home - was their destiny. So they moved to SF, formed a band, packed themselves into crowded apartments, found lousy jobs serving beer and coffee to Bay Area glassholes (alongside counter culture legends), and they have no plans of leaving. Thank the gods their dreams came true! Cool Ghouls are the perfect antidote for San Francisco’s current mess. They are providing the real-life soundtrack to a new generation of young, loud and gritty San Franciscans that wake up everyday with a beautiful feeling just knowing that these guys won’t let this city’s culture burn to the ground. Their loud guitars, acid riffs, party screams, and stacked-as-f*ck three-part vocal harmonies are echoing down the alleys and shaking foundations. A Swirling Fire Burning Through The Rye is their sophomore full-length album, and it rules. Recorded live to tape by San Francisco’s Sonny Smith (Sonny and the Sunsets) and mixed and mastered by Mikey Young (Total Control, Eddy Current Suppression Ring), this record elevates Cool Ghouls psychedelic garage jams to a whole new level.
The Shivas are a rock and roll band from Portland, Oregon formed in 2006. In the 10 years since coming together they have brought their raucous dance party to almost all 50 United States and over 20 countries worldwide, meanwhile releasing 5 full-length albums and two 7" EPs, on labels such as K and Burger Records. 2016 saw the release of the long-player Better Off Dead (K Records LP/CD, Burger Records CASS - 2/16/2016) recorded by Calvin Johnson at Dub Narcotic Studio. Shortly thereafter came the I've Had Enough b/w So It Goes 45rpm on Casino Trash. These releases were followed by full North American and European tours, including The Shivas first trip to Mexico, where they headlined Festival The End at Foro Indie Rocks in Mexico City.
"Salute to The Shivas for being an actual garage-rock band, instead of just putting casual reverb on ’80s beach-punk, and for being an especially literate, tasteful and disciplined garage-rock band, too...Call it retro and you’re missing the point — this is just real." --LA Weekly
"The Shivas blend elements of surf-pop, garage-rock and good old fashioned rock and roll, dousing their hook-filled melodies with a healthy dose of reverb." --Guitar World
Max Gardener makes his self-described “bedroom theme music” amidst the solitude of his California bedroom, and he intends for you to hear it in the solitude of yours.
On debut record Memory Lounge [Sports Day Records and Citrus City Records], Gardener drifts forth, mixing the sunny trademarks of sixties psych and nostalgia-inducing guitar pop hooks with his omnipresent optimism and a healthy dose of melancholy.