League of Haloses

Marcelo Radulovich: Composer, Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric) | M.J. Stevens: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric) | Esteban Flores: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric) | Peter Graves: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric)

Genre: Noise | Xprmntl

RIYL: Riververb, Sam Lopez, Mono Mono, Swollen Monkeys

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Influences: Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, John Zorn, Gary Wilson, Kronos Quartet, John Cage, the Locust, Pall Jenkins

Background:

League of Haloses is an experimental quartet founded by guitarists Marcelo Radulovich, M.J. Stevens, Esteban Flores, and Peter Graves.

As of 2011, guitarist-composer Flores lives in Chula Vista and works at Sears. He describes his music as doom sludge. “You get down to B and A [tuning],” says Flores, “and that’s doom right there. In sludge, we don’t care about tuning.”

“How does it feel to play doom guitar? Pretty bad-ass,” says Flores. “If you tune to open C and play [a power chord], it sounds so awesome and it’s so simple to do. It sounds so much better than, like, an augmented E chord.”

Flores talks about Murderfest, held in 2009 at the Los Angeles Knitting Factory, now closed. “There were a lot of doom bands there...I have a feeling that San Diego is going to start getting more doom bands.”

Radulovich says “Experimental pop, dada funk, and surreal rock are all tags which have been used. I like lush and rich productions. The music is very colorful, with lots of funk in the rhythm, loud in the bass, and with electronics, sampling, and processing that gives it a futuristic feel. Most of the songs are under three minutes, and they come in English and Spanish.”

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