"With a healthy does of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's more lysergic moments about them, the Florida psych-rockers specialise in woozy West Coast wig outs. Standout track 'This Is The Time' goes a step further too - recalling the Brian Jonestown Massacre with it's drums and free-playing fretwork to create gentle, dreamy rock'n roll. Recent album 'Keeper Of The Dawn' is a mist that's worth getting lost in"
Photgrapher // Ruth Nitkiewicz from the band Bonfire Nights
Psych + Fuzz + Americana
Ancient River, the sonic brainchild of singer/songwriter James Barreto, is an ever-changing snapshot of rock n’ roll and psychedelia, flowing from the swampy roots of the American south to the far reaches of innerspace.
Veterans of the psych scene, Ancient River’s wall-of-sound barrage has been honed by extensive touring across the states and beyond--including appearances at Austin Psych Fest [Levitation] (2010-2012), Reverence Festival Portugal (2015), Psychedelic Revolution Festival France (2015), Psycho De Mayo Los Angeles (2014), Desert Stars Festival Pre-Party(2014) and the Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia (2012).
It all began in the dawn of the year 2000, as guitarist J. Barreto was making frequent trips to Gainesville, Florida to play with The Ohm, his instrumental psychedelic band which thrived on instant creation and a home grown DIY ethic. Over the next few years he began recording local bands, producing several albums while creating music for local independent films. It was out of this period of musical exploration that Ancient River was born. Barreto’s house soon grew into a fully-fledged home studio/rehearsal space, where like-minded musicians could be found tirelessly sharpening their wide range of sounds, encapsulating everything from noisy shoegaze to psychedelia to classic Americana.
“Hearing Ancient River’s lush, expansive sound, it’s hard to
imagine that it’s just two guys... ‘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.”
Locked away in the pursuit of his sonic vision it was a full two years before he took Ancient River to the stage, re-emerging as wit an unmistakable space-rock guitar sound and creating a captivating live show accompanied by entrancing psychedelic visuals. With the addition of Alex Cordova in 2011, Ancient River encamped into J.’s home studio and after recording multiple albums filled with the sounds of timeless American fuzz rock and reverb-soaked garage-psych grooves, hit the road in 2014 for a heavy national tour.
Currently James living in London, soon the band will be based out Austin,Texas and are working on two new albums.
2015 // LP Keeper Of The Dawn
2014 // LP Before Dawn
2012 // LP On The Other Side
2012 // LP Let It Live
2010 // EP Polariod
2011 // LP Songs From North America
2010 // LP O.D.D.S.
2010 // EP Under the Sun