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the celestials

Olympia, Washington, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2009 | INDIE

Olympia, Washington, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2009
Band Alternative Rock

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Local psych rockers The Celestials show their knack for mellow indie pop on their debut full-length album Peach Noise. The quintet presents accessible, hipster-friendly fare while demonstrating the kind of inventive musicality that should put them on every music-lover’s radar. All lower-case song titles? Check. Far out existentialist lyrical content? Check. MGMT style pop melodies? Double check.

Among the first releases from the new local label 2060 Records, one could easily imagine Peach Noise popping up on the Pandora station for Phantogram, Deerhunter or Animal Collective.

In particular, the first track “ifyouwanna” is a radio-ready single, featuring subtle pop chord progression, dreamy, seductive vocals, and an on-point song structure. - Cooper Point Journal


The Celestials are a moody bunch of post-punkers. They bounce back and forth between Billy Corgan-esque screeds, shoegaze blurriness and spacey ruminations - but that hang-dog moodiness is ever-present. When the sun peaks out from behind the clouds, as on "Sprout Up Branch Out," the reprieve it provides feels sunnier than it has any right to. But even in that reprieve, lead singer Max Keena's voice retains its snide air of cynicism, its slight sneer. Whatever the opposite of a cloud with a silver lining would be - it's negative. That's the Celestials. In a good way. The Celestials fare better when they're keeping close to their early '90s alternative rock base, to that murky territory where invention and reinvention occupied the very same space. - Northwest Military


Discography

bubbles of our youth 8 track album (6/10/2016)

peach noise10 track album (10/4/2013)

jamais vu in color 8 track studio album (2/18/11)

peninsula in a peninsula 4 song ep (06/2012)

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Born out of Olympia, WA, a city globally acclaimed for it's wildly diverse and creative music scene, The Celestials are no strangers to the realm of sonic innovation. Blending experimental guitar riffs with atmospheric soundscapes, the four piece takes alternative rock to an entirely new level, all the while delivering bittersweet, catchy melodies.

Originally a duo-project between longtime pals Mike Elliott and Max Keena, the two relocated from northern Virginia to the colorful and fabled Olympia, WA in order to find a new home for their musical outlet. Soon after moving to the Pacific Northwest, the two recruited high school buddy Keir Allison-Bourne on guitar and local hero John Winter on synth and bass. The new outfit resulted in a wide range of influences: taking inspiration from electronic label Warped, 90's shoegaze, and the garage rock revival.

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