The psychedelic rock band, Archaic Interest “shares a love for all things retro — surf rock and pop music from the ’50s and ’60s, especially. Think 13th Floor Elevators, the before-their-time band behind You’re Gonnna Miss Me (and the group often cited as the first true psychedelic band). Another influence is Link Wray, the ’50s rock guitarist who employed overdriven, distorted electric blues guitar sounds (and earned a spot on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time list).” – Carole Liparoto, Tampa Bay Times
Band members include Jeff Williams – lead vocals & guitar, Dylan Martin – lead guitar & keyboard, Tyler Stoelting – drums, Rod Woolf – bass guitar, Emelle Lee – tambourine & vocals. The original compositions produce a sound they call “dreamy psychedelic garage surf rock.”
Of the name, lead vocalist and guitarist Jeff Williams says matter-of-factly, “Archaic Interest just means we are into old stuff.” “Or that we’re all just living in a different era,” jokes his girlfriend Emelle Lee, backing vocalist and tambourine player.
Says Liparto, “They’re free-spirited old souls in even older clothes. And yet, the members of St. Pete’s vintage rock act Archaic Interest have managed to light a fire under the feet of lively young followers across Tampa Bay this year. When Archaic Interest plays, they travel back in time more than a half-century, honing in and delivering something altogether incendiary.”