Lovely Sand Dunes
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Lovely Sand Dunes

Los Angeles, CA | Established. Jan 01, 2018 | AFM

Los Angeles, CA | AFM
Established on Jan, 2018
Band Alternative Rock


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Lovely Sand Dunes @ The Canyon - Agoura Hills

Agoura Hills, California, United States

Agoura Hills, California, United States

Lovely Sand Dunes @ The Rose

Pasadena, California, United States

Pasadena, California, United States

Lovely Sand Dunes @ Bar 20 Sunset

West Hollywood, California, United States

West Hollywood, California, United States

Lovely Sand Dunes @ The Rose

Pasadena, California, United States

Pasadena, California, United States



"Introducing Lovely Sand Dunes"

Making up the exquisite sound that is the Lovely Sand Dunes are Anthony Zelaya, Claire French, and Gavin Ortiz. While Zelaya and French previously released an EP, all three are getting ready to go into the studio later this fall to record their debut album. The album will release sometime in 2019. The trio currently has a luscious single out now titled “Luce,” displaying French’s delicate vocals, and their knack for writing mysterious and ethereal music...... - Guitar Girl Magazine


Debut EP "Unusual Times" June 7th 2019 Release

1. Can't Be Said
2. Not A Love Song
3. Past Days
4. Ghost
5. Children



Like the sun-scorched undulating landscape of Death Valley

which inspired the band’s name, Lovely Sand Dunes captures

a hypnotic element from rock ‘n’ roll past and filters it through an

array of modern-day influences to deliver a raw timeless sound.

Their debut EP “Unusual Times” reflects the dreamy yet authentic

artistry of this Los Angeles-based band which is captivating

today’s youth and impressing rock music veterans along the way.

Lovely Sand Dunes - Claire French (vocals), Anthony Zelaya (guitar), and

Gavin Ortiz (drums) - have gained momentum as the opening act for artists

such as Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad), The Tubes, and Rock and Roll Hall

of Fame guitarist Robby Krieger (The Doors) – an impactful experience for the

band members who describe Krieger as “living up to the hero expectations”. This

shared appreciation of classic rock combined with the young trio’s collective

talent is what attracted the attention of “Unusual Times” Executive Producer

and CEO of Dovetail Entertainment - Michael Barbee , who discovered and

managed Grammy-winning band Greta Van Fleet. Under his guidance, the EP

was produced and recorded by Plymouth Rock Recording Company in Michigan.

The origin of Lovely Sand Dunes can be traced to Anthony who

would spend hours each day during his late-teens developing riffs

and melodic tracks. After meeting Claire at a party in 2016, where

they bonded over space, science, and a love for music, Anthony

handed her a guitar where to his surprise she performed a Bob

Dylan song. Claire had been exposed to classic bands having grown

up around the L.A. rock scene and began playing instruments at

an early age which progressed into singing. Realizing the synergy,

Anthony asked Claire to collaborate on his guitar tracks by adding

her soothing vocal abilities and lyric writing skills - thus, the first

demo was born.

One year later, Lovely Sand Dunes brought in band drummer Gavin for a garage

jam session and the three hit it off. Gavin added drums to their demo tracks

and his years of experience in honor bands and orchestra mixed with his love of

metal brought an intensity to their music resulting in a louder and more energized

sound. Embracing their evolution, Lovely Sand Dunes now collaborate on all

aspects of the song writing process, emphasizing the importance of lyrics. As

an “extension of song writing” the band is also very involved in their music video

creation, ensuring the content and story reflect their message. “We’re trying to be

as authentic as we can be to ourselves,” says Claire, “and hopefully that translates

in our music.” Lovely Sand Dunes is setting out to inspire the next generation to

pick up instruments and play music – a sentiment which resonates with fans of

all ages and a glimpse into what this band is bringing to the future of rock.


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