CASTANEDA

CASTANEDA

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CASTANEDA has a huge sound created by complex layering of synths, guitars, and driving beats. They have found their hit single “RADIO” on INDIE 103.1 in LA. With a gift for infectious hooks, an energetic live show, and universally honest lyrics, Castaneda is making noise from LA to UK.

Biography

Bio

CASTANEDA hails from the nestled hills of Los Feliz, California. The band consists of Vega on lead vocals and guitar, Rob Derba on keys, Sasha Veneziano on drums, Dana Powers on bass, and Warren Nelson on lead guitar. Together for less than a year, the five Los Angeles-based musicians were joined together from across the US (Boston/New York/San Francisco) by inimitable forces and a nexus of relationships. For the five guys, the common goal became simple: to create a new transmittable and distinguished sound that unites the driving rhythms and haunting electronic rock and roll essence of the past with the future.

Combining classic influences such as U2, The Cure, and The Talking Heads with an undertone of modern electronic music, CASTANEDA has created an approach that is infectious and tastefully large in scope. Their musical brainstorm was to create unforgettable melodies that can radiate through airwaves but also feel completely at home in large venues and clubs alike. The formula is as follows: the raw sound and attitude of two guitars, coupled with the driving rhythms of the drums and bass, the vibrancy and electric clatter, swish, and hum of the synths, and the ethereal vocals makes for an elevated rock and roll experience. When it all came together and was put on disc, a week after finishing their first EP, their single “RADIO” was discovered by INDIE 103.1fm DJ Chuck P and is now on rotation during his show ‘Dead Air Radio’ in Los Angeles.

Another dynamic and a significant aspect to the band is their live show. Songs like “Pixels” and “Contact” illustrate the band’s definitive, multi-layered musical style and their persuasive live persona. The band’s live act illustrates that they really have no qualms about expressing themselves. From foot-stomping and clapping, to their physical enthusiasm, CASTANEDA is not shy about how their music makes them feel. “It’s important for us to know that what we have to say gets heard. I think we always try to give it some sparkle,” states Warren. And their strong live act has been blossoming; CASTANEDA has been asked to perform repeatedly for stalwart London rock zine NME’s sponsored night in Los Angeles – bringing their sound and reach to a wider transatlantic level.

Viva CASTANEDA!

Lyrics

CONTACT

Written By: CASTANEDA

my soul
youve been away too long
i know
all youve been through

we pay,
in all of the things we do
we pray
that something will see us through

it looks as if your heart is burning higher
glowing like a dying star in space
your vacant eyes might set this room here on fire

and every where you go you have to burn before you
glow

654321 your done this is a contact
654321 your done this is a contact

my dear
its seems youve llost in time
its clear
looking through your eyes

i fear
that bodies left undefined
sleep here
just waiting to come alive

repeat pre chorus repeat chorus

PIXELS

Written By: CASTANEDA

you sit through manholes breathing
while city streets lay sleeping
kings and gods turn green to red
while we make sense of what they mean
and antique stoves keep hunger fed
while subway cars move living dead
i have to wonder what you meant
by all the things that you just said

and i
i cant let you leave until i know

why do you want to stay(i dont know)
and are you feeling fine(not too well)
why do you want to change the world one color at a
time
and when those pixels melt(into your eyes)
into these eyes of mine
ill wait till you come home
alone

the sights are sore in chelsea
while granite holds this city
taxi cabs keep passing by
like bees just learning how to fly
and sweaters keep the hearts within
protected while the cold begins
to freeze the years that pass us by so we can see
where they begin

and i
i cant let you leave until i know

repeat chorus

RADIO

Written By: CASTANEDA

PUSH A BUTTON THE RADIO
CHANGE THE STATION
IF YOU DON’T LIKE THE SHOW
SEND A SIGNAL, TURN IT UP AND LET IT GLOW
AND TURN OUT THE LIGHT

PUSH A BUTTON ON THE TELEPHONE
CHANGE THE NUMBER IF YOU WANT TO BE ALONE
SEND A SIGNAL THROUGH THE STARS TO GUIDE ME HOME
AND TURN OUT THE LIGHT

IN YOUR FRAME, I AM A PICTURE WITHOUT A FACE, A RAY OF LIGHT, A BEAM OF SOUND TRYING TO GET BACK FROM OUTER SPACE, AND IN YOUR MIND, YOU WILL FIND THAT I AM A THOUGHT LEFT WITHOUT A TRACE

REPEAT SECOND VERSE

OUTRO

Discography

2006 Self Titled EP ; 2007 CASTANEDA EP - RADIO has been played on INDIE 103.1 in Los Angeles and our tracks can be heard at www.myspace.com/castanedaband

Set List

All Eyes - Lights Out - Perfect & Pretty - Pixels - Radio - You Can Do It - Contact - Piece of Mind

Approx: 30 to 45 minute set time