The Asteroid No.4 are an American psychedelic band based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Originating from Philadelphia in the latter half of the 1990s, the band began their relocation to the west coast in 2011.
Since forming, the band has endured several lineup changes. Over the last ten years, however, they have consistently included Scott Vitt (vocals, guitar), Eric Harms (guitar) and Matty Rhodes (bass, vocals). Drumming duties are now performed by Mark Tarlton (formerly of Echodrone) and Camilla Saufley provides keys, guitars and vocals (formerly of Assemble Head In Sunburst Sound, Goldenvoid).
The band is known for their dynamic live act, integrating multi-textured guitars and reverb-drenched vocal harmonies over an unwavering rhythm section. However, it’s been their prolific recording output, including their eleventh album “Tones of the Sparrow”, that’s helped build their dedicated fan base within the underground psychedelic scene. With well over a dozen compilation appearances, digital-only rarity releases, and multiple singles and EPs, the band is said to improve with each release.
The Asteroid No.4’s sound has been called a “hypnotic hybrid of several different genres filtered through the kaleidoscope of all things psychedelic.” Whether it be “Krautrock”, “shoegaze”, folkrock, or even the occasional dabbling in “Cosmic” countryrock, the band have never shied away from wearing their influences squarely on their sleeves.
Magic Shoppe of Boston, Massachusetts, are known for delighting in distortion and reverb. They take notes from My Bloody Valentine, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Spacemen 3, Loop and have a European psych shoegaze sound which flirts with industrial and new wave. The warm and fuzzy tonality can washout into soundscapes or crash into a maelstrom. They balance retro and futuristic music with thumping bass and jangling rhythms with dark vocal melodies.The band consist of Josiah Webb (vocals, lead guitar), Stevie Moonboots (bass), Dave Mulvaney (drums), Richie Gibson (rhythm guitar) and Mat Durie (rhythm guitar). Magic Shoppe have offered up their own fuzzy, wall of sound influenced blend of shoegaze across four EPs, four full-length studio albums and one live album over the past nine years.With three well-received European tours since 2017 and a fifth full-length studio album (Mono Lake) being released in February 2021, the band will embark on their fourth European tour in the Spring of 2022.