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young elders

 

are a cosmic soul-pop band from San Francisco, bringing street harmonies and psychedelic wizardry on the edge of a blade. They replaced the acoustic instruments of their first albums with Moogs, combo organs, and fuzz guitars. 

Lead songwriter Nick Castro is known for his acoustic work that featured members of Current 93, Espers, and In Gowan Ring, as well as for his time in legendary UK psych-pop band, Kaleidoscope. Castro, who currently also plays with Asteroid #4,  has played Spain's EuroYeYe, the Austin Psych Fest, Belgium's ZXZW festival and has shared stages with the Sun Ra Arkestra, Vetiver, and Os Mutantes among others. 


Along with Nick Castro on lead vocals and keyboards, the current members feature veteran musicians Juan Elias (of Argentina based modern tango group Bettinotti Fernandez) on Drums, Nicholas James Lyon-Wright (of East Bay band Room For Dream) on bass guitar, and Everett Katigbak (bay area jazz guitarist) on rhythm guitars and organ. Though this newest lineup is less than a year old, they've already played shows with Chicano Batman, Mondo Drag and Asteroid #4 at venues across San Francisco, such as Bottom of the Hill, The Independent, and The Rickshaw Stop. 

 

 
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on the road

 

News & Updates

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Juan Elias 

Composer, multi-instrumentalist, and percussionist Juan Elias makes his drumming debut with Young Elders tonight! Juan has played in many groups, most notably with Argentinian Tango-Rock group Bettinotti Fernandez. 

Coming soon, our new single, "Lazer Love"

Coming soon, our new single, "Lazer Love"

We've been in the studio all week laying down a few tunes. Be on the lookout for an upcoming release!

Recording at the Complex, SF

Recording at the Complex, SF