Los Angeles Psychedelic Rock Outfit Westerner Release ‘Yesferatu’
Los Angeles based psychedelic rock band Westerner have been making big waves over the last 12 months. With support from XS Noize, Buzz Bands LA, V13 and Music Connection Magazine, Westerner now return with ‘Yesferatu’, a cocktail of psychedelic rock, disco, and trip hop.
Driven by lead vocalist Cooper Bombadil, Westerner would be incomplete without Mike Gattshall (drums) and Brandon Valerino (bass & vocals). Over the years, Westerner have developed an explosive live show experience and began drawing in large crowds, performing at iconic venues such as; Beverly Hilton, Good Times at Davey Wayne’s, The Bootleg Theater, Whisky a Go-Go etc.
The band deliver catchy pop songs, driven by electronic synths, combined with psychedelic soundscapes to create exciting shows that are unlike anything you’ve seen or heard before. Music Connection Magazine included Westerner in their Hot 100 Live Acts list three years in a row describing them as “One of the best bands in Los Angeles.”
Speaking more on the new track, lead vocalist Cooper explained: saw some vintage, pulp, vampire art on Instagram. The images were probably from erotica novels or comics, so I thought, “That’s not Nosferatu, that’s Yesferatu.” It was bouncing around my head for awhile. I just thought it was funny. Brandon showed me this groove he had come up with and I needed something to write about, so on a whim I started writing lyrics about this character, Yesferatu. He’s like a vampire in that he’s immortal and sort of magical, and if your love life is lacking you call his name out and he’ll appear and satisfy all your darkest desires. He’s a mythical perfect lover who lives in urban legend and rumor. The lyrics are people whispering about him at a party and telling the uninitiated about him. It’s just a cheeky, pulpy version of an Anne Rice novel.
Recent reviews for Westerner:
“Westerner are an L.A. four-piece who dip their toes into psychedelic rock, old-school boogie, funk-rock, disco and even trip-hop, though not any of those at the same time.” – Buzz Bands LA
“They seem to have appeared from nowhere to emerge as one of the best bands in Los Angeles”- Music Connection Magazine
“They play with precision and are seamlessly capable of combining fun pop songs with complex space rock intangibles which has made them one of Los Angeles most buzz-worthy bands.” – V13 Magazine
“Los Angeles based psychedelic rock band Westerner are a ballsy cocktail of psychedelic rock, disco, and trip-hop.” – XS Noize