Friday, May 29, 2015
About: Ancient Cities
Formed in North Carolina in 2013 by multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Stephen Warwick, Ancient Cities melds well-crafted lyrics with fuzzed-out guitars, hints of psychedelia, and a pop sensibility.
Warwick gained noteriety in 2010 with his lof-fi folk endeavor titled Talking Machine, receiving local acclaim as best song-writer and landing on Shuffle Magazine's top 10 list of best albums that year.
Seeking a new musicial outlet, Warwick headed back to the studio and enlisted friends to join him in the for a yet-to-be-named project. Towards the end of the recordings, Justin Fedor (The New Familiars) joined Warwick and the two set out as a duo for their first tour under the name Ancient Cities, after a dream Warwick had as a child. July 2014 marked the release of Ancient Cities' self-titled debut album, and they expanded their live sound with a rotating cast of musicians. Current line-up includes Justin Faircloth on organ/synth and James Dulin on Drums.
They've been touring up and down the east coast for a few years playing club dates as well as festivals such as CMJ Music Marathon, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and the prestegious Newport Folk Festival's 56th anniversary. They were one of three bands chosen by Converse to play Newport, as well as record at Converse Rubber Tracks Studio in Boston where they started work on their follow-up album Supermoon Blackout.
Ancient Cities has been featured in the Vanity Fair and the Village Voice, as well as a series of live videos with famed music sites PASTE Magazine and Live & Breathing. Most recently the song "Juice" from their debut album can be heard on SHOWTIME'S Shameless Season 7
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