Sons of Hippies
|Sons of Hippies|
|Origin||Sarasota, Florida, United States|
|Genres||Alternative, post space rock, post shoegaze, indie psych|
|Associated acts||Geri X|
High in the mountains of Tennessee, Sons of Hippies was conceived amid fellow music lovers at a festival on a 700-acre farm on a sunny June afternoon; their name originated when Brazilian native Jonas Canales and Florida-bred Katherine Kelly probed familial bonds to discover they were, indeed, children of hippies. The duo's dreamily melodic but complexly synthesized music required the mentorship of Pro-Pain guitarist Tom Klimchuck who produced and played bass on the band's March ’09 debut, Warriors of the Light, which received the critic’s choice award from Tampa’s popular Creative Loafing publication for “Best Modern-Sounding Record” of 2009.
While on tour throughout the East Coast, Sons of Hippies wrote their sophomore album, A-Morph (also produced by Klimchuck,) which was released in September 2010 and was accompanied by a journal Kelly kept detailing the recording sessions. During this year the group also recorded but never released an EP, Invisible Personalities, titled after a rogue AM radio transmission that was captured in their studio on Kelly's loop station.
In the summer of 2011 the band released a 5-song space rock concept album called Fade to White which was distributed with a typewritten lyric book.
Bassist Morgan Soltes joined the Hippies in the balmiest December 2013 had ever seen.
Michael Murphy was asked to play Keys, Synth, Kaos Pad, and Electronic percussion in June 2014 In December 2012 the band signed with Cleopatra Records and released a full length album, Griffons at the Gates of Heaven, in 2013.
Griffons at the Gates of Heaven
The album was mixed by Jack Endino ( Nirvana, L7, Mudhoney ) and mastered at Abbey Road Studios by Andy Walter (Radiohead, David Bowie, U2). "besides including the main trio, also includes a few guest artists. One is prog rock's multi-instrumentalist Billy Sherwood. Billy Sherwood is behind the keyboard playing sounds you'd ever want to hear. Andy Walter at Abbey Road Studios in London, England, mastered Sons of Hippies: The Griffons at the Gates of Heaven. The same walls hearing the sounds of old psychedelia of the day. Fits the whole package here very well".
|2009||Warriors of the Light|
|2013||Griffons at the Gates of Heaven|
|2012||Fade to White|
|2013||Mirror Ball - Blackburner Remix|
|2013||Blood in the Water - The Raveonettes Remix|
"Time of the Season" (The Zombies cover) on Psych-Out Christmas (Cleopatra Records, 2013)
"The Soft Parade" (The Doors cover) on A Psych Tribute To The Doors (Cleopatra Records, 2014)
"Gimme Shelter" (The Rolling Stones cover) on Stoned - A Psych Tribute To The Rolling Stones (Cleopatra Records, 2015)