Garcia Peoples

Garcia Peoples expand their psych sound on “One Step Behind” play Poisson Rouge 12.30

The term “jam band” can be a divisive term, evoking images of meandering guitar work and instrumentation pandering to a heady listener base, and while NJ-based outfit Garcia Peoples incorporates psych rock as a founding pillar of their music, their new LP One Step Behind embraces a fuller sound. Opener and title track “One Step Behind” begins on a jazz fusion note, gradually segueing into an accessible, more indie influenced groove; while there’s no shortage of noodling guitar solos, the band’s eager incorporation of garage and prog rock could turn even the most reticent of listeners into full fledged fans. Stream it below to hear for yourself, and catch Garcia Peoples at Le Poisson Rouge on December 30th, opening for Ryley Walker.


Garcia Peoples bring spacey psych jams to Alphaville on 11.02

It’s odd that no bands have successfully attempted to replicate the sound of the Grateful Dead in the 2010s yet. You’d think a band with that devout a following would have more imitators, especially since Dead & Company are still touring to this day. Garcia Peoples are here to fill the void of psychedelic jam bands in the 21st century; through combining extended songs with dynamic production flourishes and vivid songwriting, the group finds that forward-thinking sweet spot of freewheeling spirituality and unbridled rock personality. It’s a welcome return to Deadhead ideals without desecrating the grave by way of relying on nostalgia. You can check out the group’s trippy rock at Alphaville on Nov. 2. –Tucker Pennington