the short story
The Open Feel is an up and coming dreamy alternative rock band that would fit in brilliantly at a festival featuring Siouxsie and the Banshees, My Bloody Valentine, The Cure, Muse, The XX and Warpaint. Started on the outskirts of Los Angeles by Katie Harris (vocals, guitars) and Tom Brayton (Drums, Bass), The Open Feel began as a songwriting collaboration between the long time couple and evolved into a full fledged band after months of late night studio sessions began to crystallize into a sound worthy of pursuing.
The Open Feel has been recording singles and releasing them as they are finished. The latest single “Retrofire” was released in January 2015. The band is now working on an EP to be released later in 2015.
“…When all your friends and their mothers start blasting the Open Feel on their favorite alternative station soon, don’t say we didn’t tell you so.” - Seraphina Lotkhamnga, BUZZ BANDS.LA
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“…When all your friends and their mothers start blasting the Open Feel on their favorite alternative station soon, don’t say we didn’t tell you so.” - Seraphina Lotkhamnga, BUZZ BANDS.LA on the single “Wake This Dream”
“I generally avoid posting about the same band as there is so much out there to share. This new song [Sidewalk Zombies] made me want to make an exception.” - Larry Lootstein, Alan Cross’ Blog: A Journal Of Musical Things
"…Those haunting aspects are staunchly applied but the way the whole song moves gathers in a way demonstrating true sophistication from beginning to end. 10/10." - U&I Music Magazine on the single “Pushing Back”
“A glance at their list of influences as posted on Facebook cites The Cure, The xx, Radiohead, Silversun Pickups, and the Joy Formidable, all of whom can be recognized throughout their sound. While it’s a lofty list and it’s always easy to cite accomplished bands as influences, few artists actually live up to the quality of their supposed mentors. I would definitely consider The Open Feel among those few.” - Kyle McCornack, Vinyl Me Please
“Remember those long, stereo-blaring overnight drives when your vehicle felt propelled not by an internal combustion engines but by the Cure’s bass lines? SoCal duo the Open Feel nail that vibe on their new single “Pushing Back…’” - Kevin Bronson, BUZZ BANDS.LA
“Love the feel of the vocals fully supported by a great sound!” - Larry Lootsteen, Alan Cross’ Blog: A Journal Of Musical Things