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


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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