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Daemon City Lights is Chris Chavez, Peter Kistler and Michael Medina, an acoustic post-rock trio from San Jose California, committed to the proposition that music doesn't have to be loud to be intense, or perfect to be sublime. The sound of Daemon City Lights is unique, an amalgam of hushed acoustic folk, eerie indie electronica, and harmony-laden Nashville rock. Imagine Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and Postal Service's Ben Gibbard playing to 20 friends in your living room.
Chris Chavez, the band's lead singer and guitarist, is the main creative force behind the band, writing, recording, and producing all the music for Daemon City Lights. The band's drummer, Peter Kistler, fills in with background vocals, Melodica, and a strong creative presence, regularly contributing his own songwriting skills to the trio. Michael Medina, the band's bassist/vocalist and most recent addition, brings a unique approach to the band's sound. With a background in R&B, Alternative and Acoustic Rock, He brings a soulful, yet gritty vocal style to the table. Whether it’s Guitar, Bass, Keys, Percussion, Melodica, Harmonica, Glockenspiel, or Vocals, the trio does it all. Combined, they have over 30 years of musical experience, and have played together for 9 years.
Chris, Peter, and Mike are well aware that an engaging live performance is the result of visual as well as well as musical creativity. The band is known for setting the stage with antique lights and battered furniture, playing second-hand instruments through vintage amplifiers. They often dress in clothes reminiscent of the Depression era, juxtaposing earnest intensity with sepia-toned nostalgia. Daemon City Lights aims to create an intense and intimate atmosphere where the warmth and innocent beauty of childhood naivete is combined with the emotional rawness and honesty of young adults coming to terms with the complexity of a world where delicate pain and battered beauty can be found in equal measure.