Mr. Elevator – formed in Southern California in 2012 by Tomas Dolas and Justin Martinez (and their mutual love of Donovan) – eschews guitars for vintage synthesizers, organs, and electric pianos, distinguishing themselves within the fuzzy, distorted contemporary Psych-Pop scene.
Under the original name Mr. Elevator and the Brain Hotel, the band began playing shows as a three-piece with bassist Wyatt Blair, and a short-while later, in 2013, relocated to Los Angeles where they released their first album, Nico & her Psychedelic Subconscious, with Burger Records.
After a few years of live shows, perfecting their sound alongside acts like Thee Oh Sees, The Fresh & Onlys, The Black Lips, Allah-Las, and more, Mr. Elevator recently completed their second album, When the Morning Greets You, scheduled for release in February, 2017, on Rad Cat Records.
On When the Morning Greets You, the bands’ love for vintage keyboard sounds, concept albums, and 70s pop remains intact, furnishing an album that entrances listeners and evolves over the course of its run-time into an array of bright, complex patterns and shapes. The upbeat, colorful pop feel of Side A, for example, is slowly engulfed in the lush, synth-heavy soundscape of Side B (pointing in at least two distinct directions in regards to the sound of the next album). Dolas spent time this past year recording and producing the recent Froth album Outside (briefly) at his own Studio 22 in Cypress Park, Los Angeles.
1. When the Morning Greets You With a Smile
3. Sunshine Daydream
5. Are You Hypnotized
6. Cosmic Bloom
7. Fuzz Phantom
8. Tears of Green
9. Let Me Be