About Down West

What if Neil Young, Beck, and Los Lobos decided to take a road trip up the coast? This is the kind of indie music that could only be grown in Southern California — folk, pop and rock songs with a psychedelic vibe and Latin flavor.

With songwriter Steve Stanard on guitar and harmonica, Theo Waddell on cajon and percussion, and Michael Marquez on bass, it's a simple folk band, right? But what about the assertive, rock-oriented arrangements and often political songwriting, electronics and other surprising sounds, along with an aggressive rhythm driving everything? It all come together to make Down West something you've never heard before, yet familiar just the same. 

After their EP, and a long series of single releases, Down West has written and recorded their first full-length album, The Land of California, out now and available on this site and anywhere you get music.