June 13 – Gainesville, FL @ The Backyard @ Boca Fiesta & Palomino
June 25 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Latitude 44
June 27 – Saint Cloud, MN @ Pickled Loon
July 3 – Boise, ID @ Crazy Horse
July 5 – Bellingham, WA @ The Shakedown
July 10 – Salem, OR @ Triangle Inn
July 11 – Eugene, OR @ The Wandering Goat
July 12 – Eureka, CA @ Little Red Lion
July 16 – San Francisco, CA @ Brick N Mortar
July 17 – Los Angeles, CA @ Big Foot Lodge
July 22 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
July 23 – Santa Fe, NM @ The Undergound
July 26 – El Paso, TX @ Monarch
Selective memory magazine Album Review // APRIL 2015
"There were several times through listens where I had to stop and think, “Are there vocals on this album?” “Are the guitars weaving in a third eye consciousness to their mantra?” “Is this album even dirty in the context that vintage equipment give garage rockers that rawness?” The answer is yes yes, and you might consider Ancient River’s Keeper of the Dawn more dusty than dirty. You see, they blend everything together so well, you begin to loose track (the true essence of psych rock is to lose yourself in the moment of the music, right?) of reality and the momentum of the album becomes one with the album itself."
IMPOSE MAGAZINE INTERVIEW / JAMES BARRETO // APRIL 2015
"....After The Ohm I locked myself in a room for a couple of years trying to really develop my sound. I played guitar until it felt like another limb and also taught myself some music theory. My goal was to define exactly what I wanted to do artistically and have the ability to do it..."
"...We are big David Axelrod fans and I loved the idea of putting the drums up front on some tracks. The album is a dark precursor to those first moments of light at dawn, only what you thought was the early light was merely a dream and you awaken to find yourself in the darkest of night with morning no where in sight. The only one that can save you from this nightmare and guide you to the light is the keeper of the dawn."
AUSTIN TOWN HALL / This Is The Time // APRIL 2015
“Another solid Ancient River track. If you’re going to make psychedelic rock, I feel like you should do it like Ancient River do. They always sound like they’re playing in a smoke-filled room, barely audible among a hushed bunch of cult followers. There’s no bombast or stomp to the sound; it’s just delivered in a steady manner that really allows for the listener to get lost in the emotional appeal of their music. I’m expecting big things based on this new single, so we’ll see how it all unfolds when Keeper of the Dawn is unleashed on April 14th."
“Hearing Ancient River‘s lush, expansive sound, it’s hard to imagine that it’s just two guys. Starting out as the bedroom brainchild of lead singer James Barreto, the Gainesville duo are getting ready to release their newest album Keeper of the Dawn. Taking cues from contemporaries like Temples and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, new single “This Is The Time” finds the duo in a magical haze. Washed-out drums and fuzz pedals do the trick, but the ringing reverb on Barreto’s rhythm guitar really gives the song shape.”
SOUND INJECTION / This Is The Time // APRIL 2015
“...Ancient River serves a delightful mind fuck with This Is The Time! Like a bit heavier and dirtier personality of Tame Impala’s eerie fuzziness, this reverb obsessed duo enslaves with its captivating songwriting all the mystical and hazy psychedelics in a startling kaleidoscopic frame!"
SPIN MAGAZINE / PREMIERES / This Is The Time // APRIL 2015
AUSTIN TOWN HALL / KEEPER OF THE DAWN // APRIL 2015
“When you read that an artist was present at the Austin Psych Fest, thoughts can be misleading, perhaps explaining the rebranding as Levitation Fest. Ancient River remind me of how much that sound can influence, yet also expand beyond those boundaries, especially with their new six minute opus. The songs hazy and plodding, quietly building on this barely audible little melody. It’s really something to experience, finding yourself weaving our ears in and out of this tune. You can grab the Keeper of the Dawn on April 14th courtesy of Summer Moon.”
THE OBELISK / KEEPER OF THE DAWN // APRIL 2015
“...my first exposure to the band, who are already veterans of Austin Psych Fest, Liverpool Psych Fest and others — they’ll also appear at Milwaukee Psych Fest and the Reverence Festival this year — but the spaciousness the Gainesville duo offer argues well in its own favor.”
Joshua pickard nooga magazine / KEEPER OF THE DAWN // APRIL 2015
“There are remnants of The Sonics and Monks, but you can also hear traces of bands like 13th Floor Elevators and Silver Apples in its amorphous psych rock wizardry. But the song isn’t merely constructed from bits of the bands who so obviously mean a great deal to Barreto and Cordova—it’s a collaboration between these inspirations and the band’s own sense of restless creativity.”
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KEEPER OF THE DAWN // APRIL 2015
“On a nexus where the more introspective moments of early Genesis (think Lamb Lies..) intersects with a re-imagined Spiritualized chasing some lost psych-Americana spark, slow-dancing in the desert with an errant gleam of crystal, you’ll find Ancient River”
Press highlights / 2014
“This two-piece mingles Americana influences into an acoustic/electric psych hybrid that betrays a heavy dose of late 60s SoCal in their background. They also manage to conjure up that one amazing acoustic album Black Rebel Motorcycle Club made a decade or so ago.”
“There are some bands so talented that they make you want to be a better musician. Ancient River is one of those bands, and I would wait another four hours on a curb surrounded by creepy Halloween clowns to see them again.”
“These dudes are always kicking out the jams both on the road and in the studio.”
“Ancient River has plenty of steam behind them with appearances at Psych Fest and Liverpool’s Festival of
Psychedelia. Their recently dropped album, Before Dawn, is an astral mix of soundscapes so trippy and lush, that it might cause flashbacks.”
“I’ve never seen such dedicated musicians. They practice three to five times a week, and it shows in their live performances.”
“Alternately spacey and corrosive, Ancient River seems at one with Bay Area revivalists the Brian Jonestown Massacre, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and to an even greater extent, anti-flower children Assemble Head In Sunburst Sound.”
“...Shoegaze meets retro audio stimulation, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club dipped in the haze of a mid-Seventies summer.”
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