Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA

This young four piece from Harrisonburg, VA churns out visceral and catchy psychedelic post-punk. The group will soon press their debut full-length to vinyl.


Malatese is made up of Travis Legg, George Dodson, Graham Brouder, and Jon Reed. Travis and George (both 22) went to middle and high school together in Manassas, VA; Graham (23) and Jon (22) are from Fairfax, VA, where they met and began playing together while both attending Robinson Secondary School.

Formed in 2010 in George's dorm room at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, Malatese has grown to become a familiar name in Virginia's DIY music scene and beyond, owing to the release of two self-recorded EPs in early 2011 and a consistent streak of energetic and memorable live shows in and out of Harrisonburg since.

In the last year, the group has shared the stage with such notable acts as Ty Segall, Mikal Cronin, The War on Drugs, Natural Child, Prince Rama, Edie Sedgwick, Christmas and Fort Wilson Riot, among others.

The group has just finished funding vinyl pressing of their debut album "Malatese Oksom Tejah" which will be released September 2012.

The name "Malatese" refers to a massive collection of philosophy, poetry, and literature books that were donated posthumously to a used book store where Travis used to work. Each book of the collection was signed with the Sanskrit inscription "Malatese Oksom Tejah," and some included the unknown donor's original poetry. Travis now owns a good amount of these books, and the wealth of enlightenment they contain continues to inspire the band's ethos and much of Travis's lyrics.


***September '12 (expected release)- "Malatese Oksom Tejah" (12" vinyl and digital)
***Feb. '12- Malatese- "Spring '12" EP (Cassette, three new tracks from upcoming LP + two tracks of unreleased live material, self-released)
***July '11- Malatese- "Summer Tour Compilation '11" (CD-R, eight songs, self-released)
***April '11- Malatese- "Absurd Constructor" EP (Digital, four songs, self-released)
***Jan. '11- "Divine" (from s/t EP) included in Fort Wilson Riot's Wildeyed Scientist Tour Mixtape, Vol. 1
***Jan. '11- Malatese- s/t EP (Digital + CD-R, four songs, self-released in handmade sleeves w/ poster inserts)