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Quarantine Tapes: with Aquageist in the Bay Area

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Sacramento-based post-hardcore band, Aquageist, is rising in the local music scene with their refreshing sound. Risen onto our radar through an Instagram ad while we were looking for local concerts to attend, we discovered Aquageist in a benefit show for the homeless with Petroglyphs. We were sold from then on after seeing their set. They moved onstage with ease despite it being their second ever live performance.

And it was the beginning of a series of live show attendances as we got to know the boys behind Aquageist. When it comes to their elements of storytelling in their lyrics all the way down to their artistry in their performance in making the music their own, they’ve got it all figured out.

We met in the quarantine element of the band’s bassist, Sterling Feser, in Placerville; a remote area an hour outside of Sacramento where we felt immediately at home among the deer and wildlife wandering about. Though we met them initially for this interview and performance, we connected over a mutual love for System of A Down, Tool, and all things rock and music as we connected together under one roof.

Vocalist Joe Flores began our interview wearing oven mitts and a wide grin on his face as everyone held back fits of laughter. Lead guitarist Kevin Enriquez shared his passions for music with a raw force that drove forth a renewed sense of inspiration for creatives alike. Sean McGuire, the drummer, played the acoustic guitar in their performance with an unmatched skill and in between takes, he plucked at it in a way that calmed the whole room around him. Together, the entire band all complimented one another in their own unique ways, both in their personality, love for music, and their skills themselves.

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