"Band of artists, painters, builders, music makers, merriment creators, travelers, animal lovers, urban vacationers, beach combers, rust farmers, star gazers, book readers and barn dwellers..." ~Samvega
In Samvega’s world, music is a voyage into the subconscious. Heavy psychedelic overtures, bellowing lyrics, and a tendency to tip toe into the darker places of the mind form the subway of sound. As visual artists the four members have learned to gulp down society and digest it on canvas with texture and color, as musicians their reaction to life and it's trials moves from the slow, the dreamy, the melodic into a tidal wave of heavy distortion. Their aim is to create soundscapes to tantalize the mind with the complexities of existence. They’re genre unspecific. Their set can move from psychedelic instrumentation, to doom, to gypsy, to blues and anywhere in between. All four members sing, and the vocals that ride on top can be lowdown outlaw, to punk cabaret. Regardless the singer, their lyrics are carefully crafted and cry of the underground, for change, for lost love.
Samvega plays their very own brand of Psychedelic and Experimental Rock with a touch of dirty blues and world fusion. Their style is often referred to by the local San Francisco Bay Area crowd as Dark Circus Rock-N-Roll.
They are influenced by the psychedelic rock scene of the 60's and 70's and the Punk/ Grunge music of the 90's. True originals and powerful lyricists like Lou Reed and Tom Waits are some of their favorite classic Rock-n-Rollers. Most recently, fusion bands like Goat , Dakabrahka, and The Black Angels have highly influenced Samvega's new material.
Pat Feistel trained by a traditional jazz drummer, has formed his own heavy tribal rhythm that drives the band. He also literally drives the band to shows and on tour and can be found building, wrenching on cars, discussing the cosmos, cattle ranching or growing plants.
Melissa Baker alternates between electric guitar and an electric rickenbaucher mandolin which she soars above the rest of the band with slides and swells, that add a certain cheer and experimentation to the sound. She is a painter, a dreamer, a cat and coffee enthusiast, and lover of humans and their stories.
Rick Escareno offers the psychedelic electric guitar, rhythm and riffs spill out of his fingers and from his voice, a siren sings. He also plays trumpet. He is a vinyl collector, an artist, a knife maker, a leather craftsman, and we suspect a time traveler.
Mercedes Baker and Sammy her prophet hold down the low end with heavy haunting synth, that rides down easy like a horse on the plains. She is a painter, a sculptor, a nature lover, a rust farmer, and a person that finds solace in creating and doing.