Jun 27, 2019
I sit down with Madi, JT and Andy from Tonic Zephyr
From the foothills of NorCal, a good old fashioned Psychedelic Rock band practices from a dimly lit garage, equipped with lava lamps and painted mannequin heads. A modern mashup of Gwen Stefani’s rebellious energy and Janis Joplin’s soul, front woman Madi Gold boogies about the smoky room, custom DNA electric axe in tow, wailing esoteric lines into the void. The bone shaking wall of sound that booms from the amp stacks of bassist Reilly Olsen melts perfectly into JT Loux’s progressive and melodic riffing. Now, the walls begin to shake, glass topples from the shelves. Their practice space, lovingly named the ‘Zephyr Den’, prepares for lift off, leading listeners on a journey through the stratosphere as they wade into the cosmic soup.
Madi Gold and lead Guitarist JT Loux formed the band in early 2016, releasing their first album as Tonic Zephyr in 2017. Inundated with the youthful angst of the next generation of Psychedelic Rock and Roll, Reilly Olsen and Andy Nathan drive the rhythm through the roof.
This Cali grown 4-piece has shared the stage with Frank Hannon and Jeff Keith of Tesla, Twanna Turner, Keith St. John, Pat Martin’s Allstar Band, Buddy Guy’s Band, Pat Travers, Trapt, and the award winning Greg Golden Band. The band’s reputation for energizing and mystifying their audience has led them to stages such as the Ace of Spades, Opera House Saloon, Harlow’s, Holy Diver, and The Boardwalk.
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