Psychedelic rock revival heads to Gabe’s: Mark Matos, Alberts Ride and Dead Feathers

Mark Matos
Mark Matos’ Coyote and the Crosser album features Iggy and The Stooges’ Steve Mackay.

Albert’s Ride w/ Dead Feathers, Mark Matos and Os Beaches

Gabe’s — Monday, March 24 at 10 p.m. ($5)

A showcase of psychedelic rock revival, this line-up features Mt. Pleasant’s Albert’s Ride, Chicago psych rockers Dead Feathers and Portuguese-American songwriter Mark Matos.

Matos and backing band/collective Os Beaches create an intriguing mix of psych folk, neo-tropicalia and western twanging, which they refer to as Americalia.

Their most recent release Coyote Dung, is the second installment of their weird coyote-themed take on the epic western concept album. My favorite track has to be “Me Amigo” from the first in the series, Coyote and the Crosser. It features Os Beaches’ distinctive blend of Brazilian folk, bossa nova, pop and psychedelic rock with echoed Portuguese vocals and a slightly distorted melody that recalls the early sounds of tropicalia.

While Os Mutantes, the pioneers of the tropicalia sound, are often cited as influences by a wide array of musicians, there has yet to be much widespread tropicalia revival in the U.S. Hopefully, Mark Matos will be one of many to make neo-tropicalia and Americalia happen.

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