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 the line-up of songwriter Steve Stanard on guitar and harmonica, Theo Waddell on cajon and percussion, and Michael Marquez on bass, you might get the impression this is an easy coffeehouse-style group. But assertive, pop-oriented and often political songwriting, along with an aggressive rhythm driving everything, makes Down West something else entirely. 

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, due for release on September 4, 2020.