Ancient River, the sonic brainchild of singer/songwriter James Barreto, is an ever-evolving source of rock n’ roll and psychedelia, its influences flowing from the swampy roots of the American south to the far reaches of space.
The band’s origins can be traced back the music scene in Gainesville, Florida and its thriving home grown DIY scene. Barreto began recording local bands, producing several albums as well as creating music for local independent films. His 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 and psychedelia to classic Americana.
Locked away in the pursuit of his sonic vision, it took two years for Barreto to take Ancient River to the stage, emerging with an unmistakable space-rock guitar sound and creating a captivating live show accompanied by entrancing psychedelic visuals. Playing live for the first time in 2009, Ancient River made their debut at Austin Psych Festival in 2010. Alex Cordova joined the line up in 2011 and the band quickly hit their stride on the live circuit, playing Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia and Austin Psych Festival for a second time in 2012. Appearances at Los Angeles’ Psycho De Mayo and Desert Stars Festival Pre-Party followed in 2014 along with Milwaukee Psych Fest in 2015. Upcoming appearances include Reverence Festival in Portugal and The Psychedelic Revolution Festival in France.
Stalwarts of the psych scene, Ancient River’s wall-of-sound barrage has been honed by extensive touring across the states and beyond. Currently James Barreto is living in London and Alex Cordova is based in Austin, Texas but this distance hasn’t impacted their productivity. The band are supporting the UK vinyl release of their sixth album ‘Keeper on the Dawn’ with a highly anticipated London show following a very successful extensive American tour.
Each of Ancient River’s eight releases represent a new and unique sonic journey. ‘Keeper of the Dawn’ is inspired by the Italian horror films of writer/director Dario Argento together with one of the duo’s favourite musicians, David Axelrod.
A pioneering and prolific act at their creative peak and still on the rise, Ancient River look to take their vision and unique sound to new heights in 2015. Let it flow!
28 August – Reverence Festival – Valga Portugal
3 September – Pyschedelic Revolution Festival – Toulouse France
5 September – La Mécanique Ondulatoire – Paris France
13 September – Bad Vibrations Presents – Shacklewell Arms – London UK