Live Review

Rock NYC Blog - January 31, 2018


Westerner took the stage by storm, they were extremely captivating with a lot of jumping and movement all set-long, while the music brought a lot of things in mind at the same time, from ’70s psychedelia to funk. Their first song exploded in many directions while frontman Cooper Bombadil was constantly stomping and leaping, and because of his tall stature, the vision of one of his jumps was quite spectacular. He invited us to dance, because ‘Reptilians can’t dance and the more we dance the less reptilians we are’ and the rest of the set adopted a much more danceable vibe, with plenty of funky bass textures and disco falsettos. There were a lot of pop hooks in their layered songs, building high-energy atmospheric music which have been compared to Pink Floyd or Massive Attack. If none of these bands came to my mind when they were playing, the quartet still made a strong impression because of their musicianship, inventive music and strong stage confidence. The funkier they got, the more theatrical they were, with crashing grooves by guitarist Javier Olmedo, bassist Brandon Valerino and drummer Mike Gattshall who was hiding behind a mysterious mask during the entire time. Bombadil’s delivery even flirted with rap at one point, before accelerating into a wild and distorted stomp at the end. Their first album, ‘Unreal City’, is a sci-fi rock opera mixing pop with all kinds of sonic elements, which can explain the challenge to describe their music.
— Alyson Camus, Rock NYC

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Hot 100 List 2017

MUsic connection magazine - december, 2017


Every single act on our annual Hot 100 list of unsigned live performers delivered something special onstage this year. Nominations to this list...came from MC staffers as well as freelance writers, club bookers, A&R reps, music attorneys and other industry pro’s nationwide. Music Connection currently has show reviewers in Los Angeles, New York, New Jersey, Boston, and Detroit.
— Music Connection Magazine


live review

Music connection magazine - april, 2017


...they seem to have appeared from nowhere to emerge as one of the best bands in Los Angeles.
— Music Connection Magazine, April 2017

Hot 100 list 2016

Music Connection Magazine - December, 2016


“The Annual Music Connection Hot 100 puts the spotlight on superior unsigned live performers across the U.S....Contributors to this list are not only MC staffers and freelance writers, but club bookers and other industry pro’s nationwide.  Music Connection currently has reviewers in Los Angeles, New York, Minneapolis, Boston and Detroit.”
— Music Connection Magazine