Sounds Of Austin Psych Fest #4: Ancient River

If I could dream up my absolute ideal festival in my head, it would probably end up looking a little bit like Austin Psych Fest. The Black Angels beat me to it, and that’s alright with me. They know what they're doing. For the fifth time, TBA and the Reverberation Appreciation Society are putting on one heck of a party down in Austin featuring the best and brightest of the psych rock scene. I’m not going (heartbreak), but if I was, this is who I’d be checking out for damn sure.

Being an Alabama fan, I don't usually pay attention to much in Gainesville apart from those Gators. However, I am about to perform an aboutface about my Gainesville views and say a big warm hello hi how are you to Ancient River. The band started life as a live project and has evolved into a seriously great psych-meets-swamp rock band. Sure, they definitely can get their psych on just as well as the rest of the Austin Psych Fest lineup, but there's a just plain old badassness to their sound that makes them feel pretty special. Definitely recommended listening.


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