The Stevenson Ranch Davidians
The Stevenson Ranch Davidians' release ‘Amerikana’ album in Europe this year takes Psych-Americana to the Max on Single 'Wack Magick'
FOR FANS OF: The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Spiritualized, The Verve, Mazzy Star, Stone Roses
FOCUS TRACKS: Wack Magick, Holy Life, Om g, Love is a Big Light
Wack Magick: https://youtu.be/tPfpjhPhUX8
Holy Life: https://youtu.be/ZtLB54597cY
"The dual quality of intimacy and spaciousness becomes a theme throughout Amerikana as it seeks ever more spiritual paths. It’s unusual to see a band strike such fervosity without becoming overtly religious and it’s testament to the power of music mixed with the concept of communality that we can find other paths to become one with the world around us." - Echoes and Dust
"A flawless raucous composition combining bewildering ‘60s psychedelic spirit, candid rebelliousness and soothsaying, and even manages to tastefully weave in that twang element we usually associate with early American roots music. This is fresh and meaningful, with an in-your-face wake-up call we should all welcome (and even wish on others)" – The Spill Magazine
"‘Pulls you into a trance with its swaying, lilting in a mix of psonicadelia in what are mere minutes of spacey zen that lend to a sense of timeliness. With vocals as incredibly powerful as James’ vocalist Tim Booth, the energy factor is ideal in this piece of fantastic music mastery" – Big Takeover Magazine
"Their blend of ’60s-era psychedelic folk with elements of modern indie Americana becomes a form of protest... With woozy atmospherics that echo Kurt Vile and lyrics that veer into the spiritual, the band uplifts without preaching and encourages without chastising" – The Revue
"Rough around the edges while serene in between. A surrealist Americana soaked dreampop tinged song that is layer upon layer of chord progressed goodness" – Jammerzine
"High sense of energy with the strong and powerful vocals. They have altered the structure of music by incorporating folk, soul, and 60s psychedelic hints into their sound" – Big Bad Buckle
"The dreamy, flowing sound of albums past is infused with a fresh sense of
inspiration, energy and purpose. This is an eclectic, yet cohesive, set of songs that glorify the human spirit while condemning those who seek to destroy it" – Power of Pop
Psychedelic rock-folk-Americana stalwarts The Stevenson Ranch Davidians have unveiled their new single 'Wack Magick'. This is the second single from the album 'Amerikana', following up the lead single ‘Holy Life’. Scheduled for European release in 2018. This is the first album The Davidians’ have released since 2009.
”Wack Magick is basically about the use of mysticism as a tool for social control. It’s about occultism, mind control, secret societies, hallucinogenic drugs, etc., all of which have been utilized by the predatory elite to mystify the minds of the masses,” says Dwayne Seagraves. Steeped in the aura of the perennially mythologized psychedelic culture of Southern California and making music influenced by the enduring essence of ‘60s psych, folk and soul, woven with strands of early American roots music, The Stevenson Ranch Davidians has, since 2006, revealed itself in shifting configurations. While the lineup has continually coalesced around lead singer and songwriter Dwayne Seagraves, the collective has always had a guiding vision and goal: to create music that seeks to simultaneously demystify and deify the human experience. ‘Amerikana’ represents a new direction for the band, where the dreamy, flowing sound of albums past is infused with a fresh sense of inspiration, energy and purpose. This is an eclectic, yet cohesive, set of songs that glorify the human spirit while condemning those who seek to destroy it. Seagraves states that 'Amerikana' also celebrates what he views as true magic: human will put to action. Through his songs, he hopes to convey the sense that human beings have been the sole source of all great insights and achievements throughout history, and that power originates from within individuals rather than from gods, governments or other external sources.
The band’s new lineup brings a range of talent, experience and inspiration to The Stevenson Ranch Davidians’ sound. In addition to longtime Davidians’ bassist Jessica Latiolait, guitarist Rob Campanella is a member of The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Quarter After, while his brother - drummer and backing vocalist Andy Campanella - is a veteran of Occult Wisdom, Imogene and Chief Nowhere. Guitarist Misha Bullock, the sole Englishman in the fold, formerly played with Tennis System.
The Stevenson Ranch Davidians "Amerikana" LP will be available on Classic Black 150G Vinyl with Lyric Inner Sleeve, but is already available for pre-order on Picture in My Ear Records ' Bandcamp at https://pictureinmyearrecords.bandcamp.com/album/amerikana ~ 'Holy Life' and 'Wack Magick' are also currently available on iTunes and Spotify.
In 2017 the band embarked on their first ever tour of the West Coast with a psychedelic roaming festival, curated by the Mad Alchemy liquid light show. They played 9 cities in all, together with LSD and The Search for God, Jesus Sons, Dream Phases, Family of Light Band, and Creature's Choir. The band also played their biggest show to date in July 2017, opening up for Dean Wareham (Galaxie 500, Luna, Dean & Britta) at the Chapel in San Francisco where Wareham played Galaxie 500's classic "Today" LP in its entirety.
In 2018 The Stevenson Ranch Davidians supported The Brian Jonestown Massacre on select dates in May and will embark on their first ever European tour in October.
Written, performed and produced by Dwayne Seagraves
Mixed by Bryan Showalter
Mastered by Isaac Betesh
Videos created by Jacob Kedzierski
1. Wack Magick
2. Holy Life
3. Love is a Big Light
4. Hard Livin'
5. Binary Bop
6. Om g
8. The Highest Meadow
9. Pillow Sittin'
LIVE DATES, 2018:
Sunday, May 6 The Stevenson Ranch Davidians supporting The Brian Jonestown Massacre HI FI, Indianapolis, IN
Tuesday, May 8 The Stevenson Ranch Davidians supporting The Brian Jonestown Massacre Mr. Smalls Theatre, Millvale, PA
Wednesday, May 9 The Stevenson Ranch Davidians supporting The Brian Jonestown Massacre Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON
Thursday, May 10 The Stevenson Ranch Davidians supporting The Brian Jonestown Massacre Majestic Theatre, Detroit, MI
Friday, May 11 The Stevenson Ranch Davidians supporting The Brian Jonestown Massacre Vic Theatre, Chicago, IL
October/November 2018, The Davidians headlined a 25 date European Tour:
04.10 DE BERLIN MONARCH, 05.10 DK COPENAGHEN LYGTEN STATION, 06.10 DK GOTEBORG STUDIO HPKSM, 09.10 DE HANNOVER CAFE GLOCKSEE, 10.10 FR HALLE PIERRE GRASSE, 12.10 FR NANTES AU CHIEN STUPIDE, 13.10 FR CLERMONT FERRAND RAYMOND BAR, 14.10 FR DIJON TBA, 16.10 UK GLASGOW NICE N SLEAZY, 17.10 UK HULL ADELPHI CLUB, 18.10 UK TBA, 20.10 UK MANCHESTER STRANGE WAVES IV, 22.10 SP SAN SEBASTIAN DABADABA, 23.10 FR BORDEAUX EL CHICO, 24.10 FR GRENOBLE TBA, 25.10 SW RORSCHARCH TREPPENHAUS, 26.10 SW KREUZLINGEN HORST CLUB, 27.10 CZ PRAGUE KASARNA KARLIN, 28.10 DE MUNICH MILLA CLUB, 29.10 CR ZAGREB KLUB MOCHVARA, 31.10 AU VIENNA FLUC, 01.11 SK BREZNO BOMBURA, 02.11 PO CRACOW TBA, 03.11 DE MANNHEIM KURZBAR
August/September, European tour supporting The Warlocks:
24.08.19 Saturday DE BERLIN - Privat Club 25.08.19 Sunday DE HAMBURG - Hafenklang 27.08.19 Tuesday NO OSLO - Blaa 28.08.19 Wednesday SE GÖTEBORG - Musiken Hus 29.08.19 Thursday SE STOCKHOLM - Slaktkyrkan or Hus 7 (tbc) 30.08.19 Friday SE MALMÖ - Plan B 31.08.19 Saturday DK COPENHAGEN - Loppen 01.09.19 Sunday DK ODENSE - Posten 03.09.19 Tuesday CZ BRNO - Kabinet Muz 04.09.19 Wednesday AT VIENNA - Chelsea 06.09.19 Friday DE MANNHEIM - Alter 07.09.19 Saturday FR LILLE - Strawberry Festival 08.09.19 Sunday UK HEBDEN BRIDGE - The Trades Club 09.09.19 Monday UK GLASGOW - Broadcast 10.09.19 Tuesday UK MANCHESTER - Yes / Pink Room 11.09.19 Wednesday UK LONDON - Electrowerkz 12.09.19 Thursday FR PARIS - Le Petit Bain