Ancient River is the brainchild of prolific songwriter, James Barreto, grown out of his deep passion for rock music and a love of all things psychedelic.
What started in the swamps of the American south has now evolved through various band lineups across one psych and one Americana album every year for the past three years.
Veterans of the psych scene, their wall-of-sound barrage has been honed by extensive touring across the states and beyond, including two appearances at Austin Psych Fest, their first appearance at this years Thief Presents Psycho De Mayo in LA and playing 2012's Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia, all the while sharing stages with the likes of Dead Skeletons, Christian Bland and The Revelators, Night Beats, Magic Castles, Singapore Sling, Heartless Bastards, Lumerians & Ringo Deathstar just to name a few.
And it all began in 2000, guitarist J. Barreto was making frequent trips to Gainesville to play with his instrumental psychedelic band The Ohm. Over the next few years they recorded several albums worth of material, entirely on a 4-track tape recorder. After moving to Gainesville to start his own project, Barreto began recording local bands, self producing several albums and creating music for local independent films. It was out of this period of musical exploration that Ancient River was born. Barreto's house grew into a full home-studio where the band rehearses and records, always honing in their sound consisting of everything from noisey shoegaze and psychedelia to the Americana sound they visit periodically.
Locked away in the pursuit of his sonic vision, J. Barreto earned himself a reputation as a creative hermit deep in his music. It was two years before he took Ancient Riverto the stage, re-emerging as an impassioned singer/front man, as well as wielding his unmistakable space-rock guitar sound creating a captivating live show accompanied by psychedelic visuals.