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Austin James Band

Long Beach, California, United States | SELF

Long Beach, California, United States | SELF
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"Pastepunk.com"

60s drug rock mixed with modern indie stylings. I only hope that somewhere in this world they can find success. - Chad Mitchell


"My Old Kentucky Blog"

The Los Angeles based Austin James Band has a little Man Man in them, but cross that sound with eclectic, quirky 60's style psychedelia and five-part harmonies. It's makes me think of what it would be like if Man Man were trying to write Beach Boys-like love songs. It's pretty sweet! They are generating some buzz in L.A., but it seems no bloggers (that I can find) have picked up on them. Check these guys out... - Dodge (MOKB)


"Lines Through Lines"

This San Diego band is about as far under the radar as it gets, but definitely are poised to make some noise. It really reminds me of Jellyfish (one of my all-time faves), complete with queen/beach boy-esque harmonies, bouncing bass lines, and even traipsing into Flaming Lips-ish territory near the end - LTL


"Claude Pate dot com"

THE AUSTIN JAMES BAND has a cowboy and an "Injun," but they sound much more like SMiLE-era Beach Boys than the Village People. - kbade


"OC register"

Austin James Band, a sort of folky-rock outfit that really reminded me of Queen with its swoon-worthy harmonies - Kristal Seeden


"Karmic Life"

The band is semi-local with band members split, living in Orange County (Long Beach) and here in San Diego. They used to play around a year or so ago, but took a "break" to play as the back up band for Godspell, a 1970's off broadway musical. Interesting... Pyles also described them as poppy, yet hard to describe. He explained that they are definitely worth a listen to form my own opinion of their style. And that I did.

The first thing I thought of as they started playing was a carnival, very whimsical. It made me happy inside... I was also excited to enjoy a band that I had no real preconceived notion about. Roger was very excited over the gadgetry on stage. The band used various added percussion toys such as whistles, wooden blocks, crashing cymbals and a crank. Of the two keyboards on stage, one was set to play lie a xylophone. With all of the bells and whistles (literally), it was already easy to be in awe of this foursome.

The lyrics and melodies made me think I was sitting down listening to a children's story. But there is more... the harmonies, vocal layering, technical skills on their individual instruments and song composition made me think I was listening to something out of the Beatles, Sergeant Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band or The Beach Boys, Pet Sounds. It is hard for me to put this band up on a pedestal along side the greatest composed albums of all time, but I really think it must be done mainly because there really is nothing else to compare it to. - Sarah


"SD Dialed In"

The Austin James Band played after Swim Party and had these killer harmonies. And not just a couple of them, but the entire band including the drummer would join in. Their second song was a cover of Jumpin Jack Flash and in between their mostly originals, they'd throw in another cover that were singalong worthy. They have the look of a hippie jam band, but I loved their soaring harmonies and am glad I stuck around. I also liked how, much like Swedish Models, the band moved around a lot, switching up instruments between one another. I didn't ever find out if one of them is actually Austin James, but it didn't really matter. - Rosey


"Rock Insider"

New Music For The Mundays: Austin James Band

When "Who's On First" meets Indie Rock: Austin James Band

It has been far too long since I've done weekly features on this site. Most notably missing is Rock Insider's "New Music for the Mundays" feature. Thanks to my handy google calendar I'M BRINGING 'EM BACK!!!!

My choice for this Munday: SoCal's own Vaudevillian quartet (+ 1 ) the Austin James Band. This eclectic group of rapscallions reminds me very much of Man Man with hints of The Beach Boys and Queen.

Their debut album, Goes To Austin James Land, is deliciously absurd. Five part harmonies are masterfully mixed with key arrangements straight out of a community melodrama. This collection of songs has the range of a Broadway review. Each track portrays its own unique emotion and tells a story. What I love most about this band is the fact that they have taken your traditional indie rock and made it a production. This satirical view on music is incredibly endearing and send out more than a fair share of feel good vibes.

Goood 'ole Dodgy wrote about this band ages ago [read the post here] . I'm a little ashamed the LA community has been so slow to pick up on this. It always seems like the best new music is hovering just under your nose. I've definitely had east side blinders on for the past few months - long enough to completely overlook this amazing band.

Los Angelenos can catch the Austin James Band at Rock Insider's next installment of Indie Schmindie! August 9th at the Scene Bar in Glendale with Strangers Smile, Divisadero, and Meho Plaza. Admission is only $5!

You can listen to more tracks on the band's Virb Page.

- Jax


"San Diego Tribe"

These guys feature an eclectic, quirky 60’s style psychedelia and five-part harmonies-think Beach Boys harmonies meets Gershwin and you might get sorta close to their unusual quirky sound. They Rock some killer harmonies, not just a couple of them, the entire band including the drummer joins in! - AJB


"UCSD Guardian"

Members of the Austin James Band demonstrated their musical versatility by switching instruments and positions on the stage while chorusing that they had a "really good time." - Sharon Yi


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We are a group of young musicians who grew up in a small town where the only thing worth doing was to play in a band. Each of us has played in a rock band since middle school, which is essentially when time began.

Our bassist Nick and drummer Chip each have a B.A. in Music from BIOLA, a private university in LA. Meanwhile, Chad and Kevin have spent the better part of their lives developing an extraordinary knack for song-writing. We are all around 24 years old.

All four of us grew up on Sgt. Pepper's, Pet Sounds, Dark Side of The Moon, The Wall, and Music From Big Pink. Our dream is to make albums that will one day be peers of such great works as these. We are entirely determined to achieve an honorable place as one of the great rock bands of all time, following in the footsteps of the creators of the music that has inspired us to become the individuals we are today. We sincerely hope that you will choose to be a part of our journey.

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SoCal's own Vaudevillian quartet the Austin James Band. This eclectic group of rapscallions reminds me very much of Man Man with hints of The Beach Boys and Queen.
Their debut album, Goes To Austin James Land, is deliciously absurd. Five part harmonies are masterfully mixed with key arrangements straight out of a community melodrama. This collection of songs has the range of a Broadway review. Each track portrays its own unique emotion and tells a story. What I love most about this band is the fact that they have taken your traditional indie rock and made it a production. This satirical view on music is incredibly endearing and send out more than a fair share of feel good vibes.

Goood 'ole Dodgy wrote about this band ages ago [read the post here] . I'm a little ashamed the LA community has been so slow to pick up on this. It always seems like the best new music is hovering just under your nose. I've definitely had east side blinders on for the past few months - long enough to completely overlook this amazing band.

--Jax (rockinsider.com)

Austin James Band is being played on:

INDIE 103.1
KXLU 88.9
KPRI 102.1
ROCK 105.3
91x
FM 94.9 San Diego
KBEACH Long Beach
KILL RADIO
CHAPMAN RADIO
UCSD RADIO
MOKB (sirius channel)

The Austin James Band was featured on ABC news, channel 7, in San Francisco, piratepods in SD, and Rock and Roll TV in Los Angeles.

RECENT SHOWS BY LOCATION

LA/OC:

The Viper Room
The Echo
Detroit Bar
Silverlake Lounge
The Scene Bar
Plush Cafe
Biola University
The Knitting Factory
The Prospector
Chain Reaction
The Gig
OCMA (Orange Crush)

SAN DIEGO:

The Belly Up Tavern
The Beauty Bar
U31
Lestats
Portugalia
The Epicentre
The Jumping Turtle
The Selah Building
The Zombie Lounge

BANDS PLAYED WITH:

Cold War Kids
Parson Red Heads
We Barbarians
Delta Spirit
Greg Laswell
Castledoor
Burning of Rome
Get Back Loretta
Western States Motel
Molly Jensen
Princeton
Thieves and Liars
Francisco the Man
Henry Clay People

VARIOUS PRESS:

"A band that bucks trends and has their own sound." --Chuck P. "Dead Air Space" DJ, Indie 103.1

"Amazing vocal arrangers" --John Ryan, Producer of Styx, Santana, Bad Finger, etc.., Chicago Kid Records

“This is the best production I have heard in twenty-five years.” --Professor Cliff Hulling, Theory/Composition Area Coordinator at the BIOLA University Conservatory of Music

"It's like a string quartet on a pirate ship. Brilliant!" --Collin Griffin, KXLU

www.austinjamesband.com