The Dying Californian

The Dying Californian


"...bringing out a countrified indie rock movement, like Pavement doing a mellow Willie Nelson, or Guided by Voices with some Johnny Cash."


You have to go back about ten years to find the beginnings of The Dying Californian. Starting in Los Angeles, then onto Santa Cruz, California, four boys playing in a band called Nuzzle. The six years that Nuzzle was a band saw them release two full length LP’s, four 7” records and several compilations tracks on independent labels such as Troubleman Unlimited, YouthStrikeChord and Zum. Touring the nation several times and the west coast relentlessly, the boys opened for countless bands, some of whom went onto much success, some regrouped and reformed and some, sadly, fell apart. It was in early 2001 when Nuzzle found itself on the brink of falling apart as well.

With the boys’ musical taste changing, the music they were making was changing too. More attention was being paid to songwriting, melody and harmonies. With this came the birth of a new band, The Dying Californian. The same four boys, Nathan Dalton, Andrew Dalton, Ricardo Reano and Simon Fabela, now moving along a new but familiar road.

In 2002 an independent BayArea record label, Turn Records, released The Dying Californian’s self titled debut EP to pleasing reviews.

“Dreary, rootsy ballads mixed with classic California pop. Their sound and influence has definitely matured beyond the conventions of indie rock.” -Epitonic

One year later The Dying Californian released their first full length offering, “We Are The Birds That Stay,” again on Turn Records, to even more glowing reviews.

“Their intimate style may draw comparisons to the more introspective end of The Elephant Six posse, but The Dying Californian are in a league of their own...”, featured review.

“Lazy and mournful with a voice similar to Hayden with a lonesome guitar. The band comes in, bringing out a countrified indie rock movement, like Pavement doing a mellow Willie Nelson, or Guided by Voices with some Johnny Cash. It’s a highway drive through the rest of the album, with the end of the road hitting far too soon.” -The Big Takeover

Now with newest members Liam Nelson and Aaron Shirk, the band has completed its second full length record entitled “Coarsegold” to be released April 10th 2007, once again on Turn Records. And already it is receiving high marks from local press.

“Not since American Music Club released California in 1988 has a band tapped so potently into a type of sound that tastes good with liquor but can also make you drunk with melancholy even if you're on the straight and narrow”- Johnny Ray Huston, featured article- San Francisco Bay Guardian.

Three years in the making, the album marks a jumping point in the bands signature style and sound, refined and redefined.

The story of the album starts 3 years ago when Nathan Dalton, the primary songwriter for The Dying Californian found himself with a new job that had him traveling throughout California, staying in a variety of different places, often, for weeks at a time. On one lengthy trip, Dalton found himself holed up in the small town of Coarsegold, the geographic center of California. Niether northern or southern, western or eastern, simply Coarsegold, California - a town existing somewhere in between. It was here that Dalton found a new center for his own writing, influenced by the stark contrasts of California as well as the isolation and inspiration that only come from being on the road. He began to pen a new record; handheld tape recorders, lyrics on napkins, music on motel notepads, whereever he could find to write it down, he would. Coarsegold, the geographic center of California, the heart, also serves as the pinion for the record.

The sound of The Dying Californian is rooted in American tradition, influenced by country and folk as much as rock. With floating melodies and complex harmonies, it is difficult to place it into a specific genre. It is as much at home in a drunken hootenanny as in a late and lonesome night. It all just fits.

Coarsegold is that, an album of contrasts, mournful and celebratory, defeated and hopeful, all the while earnest. It is an album of the heart, despite what it might be telling you. It is a celebration of the little voice inside.

Having already toured the nation and west coast, sharing the stage with the likes of Grandaddy, American Music Club, The Magnolia Electric Co., Sufjan Stevens, The Silversun Pickups, Love as Laughter, Preston School of Industry, The Mystic Chords of Memory, Film School, Norfolk & Western, The Court and Spark, Xiu Xiu, Ladyhawk, Little Wings, and Thee More Shallows, 2007’s release of “Coarsegold” will insure that The Dying Californian will be tirelessly touring in support of their new record.


The Dying Californian - self titled debut CD Ep- Turn Records (turn007) 6 songs

The Dying Californian - "We are the Birds that Stay" - Turn Records (turn010) 12 songs

The Dying Californian - "Coarsegold" - Turn Records Release date April 10th, 2007

Set List

Set list usually consists of 6-9 songs and runs approximatly 35-50 minutes....lots of new songs that will be on the new record and some off of the last record