Ancient River is the brainchild of prolific singer/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 and has seen the band release styles of music in albums from American to neo psychedlia. Each album is a snap shot of a different story to what the band has to tell. 2011 saw Alex Cordova join the band where they used James Barreto home studio at the time in Florida to work on new albums and to hit the road for heavy touring of the USA in 2014.
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 2014 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, (Rosco) Spaceman 3, Night Beats, 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 River to 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.
Now the band find themselves on the eve of releasing a new album and traveling to some of their most highly anticipated performances to date. A pioneering and prolific act at their creative peak and still on the rise, Ancient River look to take their vision and unique sound to new heights in 2015. Let it flow!