Devil In The Woods:    

Bio: Sometimes, you just gotta walk away.

Modesto-based indie rock label Devil In The Woods was founded in the late 80s by indie rock loving teenager Mike Cloward, and over the course of the next two decades, they would release a slew of superb releases by artists from around the world, as well as records by future luminaries Grandaddy, Death Cab For Cutie, and Bright Eyes. The label would expand into a print magazine that was well loved for being on the cutting edge of the indie-rock scene of the new millennium. But like many labels and print outlets, the digital age buoyed the label, and changing times required a time-out for a rethink.

Several years later, a trip to Mexico City and a dip into their vibrant underground psychedelic rock scene reinvigorated his passion and a new enthusiasm emerged. In the same way that hearing his talented friends drove him to start a cassette label in the late 80s, hearing these new sounds left him with a desire to share this culture with the rest of the world. (It’s a fascinating story of redemption, one you can read about in greater detail by visiting our website,

But that was then and this is now, and Devil In The Woods is proud to announce its return with three very fine yet three very diverse acts. The first release for the revamped label is a single release from veteran singer/songwriter Nik Freitas. Offering two sophisticated piano numbers, “Aviso Amor” c/w “Normal #3,” these tracks will appear on his ninth album, due this fall on Park The Van.

The second and third singles due this fall hail from Mexico and share a handful of members, but they offer contrasting listening experiences.

Espectroplasma will release their new single, “Monster” c/w “Pyramids,” on October 18th, and this new record offers a vibrant and amazing expansion of their sound. While their previous records recalled Man…Or Astroman?, they’ve turned in a new sound that is pure space-rock, offering up two songs that are heavy on the rock, even slipping into an unbelievable-but-absolutely-accurate Tangerine Dream-meets-Sweet psychedelic space boogie that must be heard to be believed. These two numbers come on the heels of a new full-length album. We will be presenting the band live in concert on October 19th in Mexico City, at a very special album performance. It’s guaranteed to be a one-of-a-kind experience.

Though they share DNA with Espectroplasma, Twin Tones is an entirely different beast, a fluid collective of musicians performing traditional music with a definite twist. Rooted in rock, Cumbia, and Morricone-style soundtracks, they defy genres with every release. For this single, “Agua de Coyote” c/w “Sibalaume,” they offer fuzzed-out organs and guitars, a mariachi section, a Theremin, and instruments mysterious and unknown. Twin Tones are also working on a new full-length album, which we plan to release in 2020.

And speaking of 2020…

In addition to the aforementioned full lengths from Espectroplasma and Twin Tones, we will be releasing an EP from Modesto rockers Stop Motion Poetry and a Jason Lytle-produced EP from Los Angeles singer-songwriter Aaron Beckum. Also in the works is a compilation of contemporary Mexico City psychedelic rock bands, as well as many other treats and delights that we can’t tell you about just yet.

We are excited about this new journey, and we hope you join us for the ride!