About Garcia Peoples
Though the "Garcia" in the name of New Jersey cosmic indie jam band Garcia Peoples isn't an implicit reference, it's clear that the band has spent some time listening to Jerry & co.'s deeper catalog. Starting in the late 2010s, the band took notes from a canon of classic acid-washed searchers, including pillars like the Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers, and Canned Heat, but also wove the influence of less-championed acts like NRBQ into their unique update on psychedelic sprawl. The group began as a quartet but expanded just before the release of their 2018 debut album, Cosmic Cash.
Garcia Peoples formed in Rutherford, New Jersey, and originally consisted of guitarist/vocalists Tom Malach and Danny Arakaki, drummer Cesar Arakaki, and bassist Derek Spaldo. The band quickly developed a style informed by '60s and '70s jam bands both renowned and obscure. They played often in the Brooklyn club scene, connecting with like-minded bands and gaining a reputation for their electric live show, which often stretched out into ambling psychedelic improvisations. In 2017, they expanded to include keyboardist P.G. Six (also a member of similarly jammy Wet Tuna) and began work on a proper debut album. That album came in the form of Cosmic Cash, released in the summer of 2018 on the Beyond Beyond Is Beyond label. They returned less than a year later in March 2019 with their follow-up LP, Natural Facts. Never slowing, the band toured and performed constantly and continued their prolific streak of album releases with third album One Step Behind in October of 2019. The album featured a guest performance from Malach's father Bob, a studio saxophonist who'd played with everyone from Miles Davis to Madonna.