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San Diego-based alternative rockers Los Saints are debuting a music video for the their latest single”Doctor,” from their highly anticipated debut album ‘Certified’, set for release on July 26 via ENCI Records.

Stream the “Doctor” video here:


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Stream “Doctor” HERE
Speaking on the single, guitarist/vocalist Angel Mariscal says, “I made this song a long time ago. I don’t remember exactly when, but i want to say I was still in high school. For me, 2017 was my hell year, in terms of mental health. So if I had to give this song a time frame, I’d put it around that time. I have really bad memory but, this song puts me in a bad trip because, I’d say it’s my most expressive song, all around. It’s not necessarily dark but, it’s dark, for me at least. The concept is pretty much just self analysis I guess. The guitar, bass, tambo, and the stuff and harmony vox are all original. After just right before the 2 minute mark is where I added more elements to the song that I felt would allow you fall deeper into the darkness of the song, which Carl Bahner brought it all out from that marl all the way to the end in an amazing way, i.e. those low vocals in the outro, when I heard those for the first time, I got shivers man.”

Los Saints’ 2022 EP, ‘Welcome To Confusion,’ garnered praise from the likes of Alternative Press, Under The Radar, Remezcla, Buzzbands LA, The Honey Pop and more.

About Los Saints:

Art opens a window into the soul. It doubles as a haven for all of our most intimate thoughts, desires, and emotions. Like splashing paint on a canvas, Los Saints pour all of their experiences and feelings into a vibrant mosaic of indie, alternative, and rock. They piece together memories and mantras in the form of gauzy melodies, fuzzy guitars, and dusty rhythmic grooves. Co-founded by cousins Angel Mariscal [vocals, guitar] and Emiliano Garcia [drums], as well as mutual friend Gianluca Exposito [guitar], who has since parted ways with the band, the group have quietly buzzed out of the sleepy border town of Chula Vista, CA with sold out shows and acclaim from the likes of San Diego Union Tribune, Remezcla, Alternative Press, and more.

Now, Los Saints sharpen their distinct and dynamic signature style on their forthcoming full-length debut LP, ‘Certified’ [ENCI Records].

“Los Saints isn’t just a band for me,” proclaims Angel. “It’s everything. It’s all I can do. That goes for the other guys too. The more we know ourselves, the more we know what our band is and are able to define our sound. ‘Certified’ is who we are not just as musicians, but as people.”

Growing up in a Mexican-American family, he immersed himself in music. His mom hailed from Tijuana, and his dad grew up in the United States. Classic rap boomed through the house as he eventually gravitated towards Mac Miller and his “lifelong biggest influence” Cage The Elephant. In 2019, he formed Los Saints with Emiliano, envisioning “music almost everyone from any background can vibe with.”

In honor of their heritage, the group chose the moniker Los Saints.

“We were thinking of the Day of the Dead in Mexico, and its primary representation is a skull,” he goes on. “We needed to make it our own, so we turned it into ‘Spanglish’ by choosing ‘Los Saints’. Like the music, it’s a mixture.”

Los Saints initially gained traction with the ‘Welcome To Confusion’ EP in 2022. The Honey Pop christened them “your next indie obsession,” while San Diego Union Tribune pondered, “Could Los Saints be Chula Vista’s version of Cage the Elephant?” Building on this momentum, the three-piece hit the studio with producer Keith Cooper (Dear Boy) and brought ‘Certified’ to life during sessions at Wildflower Recordings in L.A. The first single and opener “Faded” hinges on a bold bass line and a punchy drum groove. Guitars glow beneath a hazy and hypnotic vocal plea, “I don’t want you to look at me when you’re faded?”

On “Never Said,” a loose chime-y riff pierces a disco-style beat as falsetto rings out on the refrain.

“I’m not a dating app kind of dude,” he admits. “I’m a cave dweller, but I think so many kids my age can identify with these experiences of modern dating. On the first half of the song, you’re going into online dating with genuine intentions and looking for something true. The second half is the aftermath where reality hits, and your view changes. You realize all that glitters isn’t gold.”

Evocative of yet another dynamic, glitchy keys wrap around breezy acoustic guitar on the somberly nostalgic “If Everything Goes.” He sighs, “Don’t call me back, even though I’d like you to.”

“I was beating myself up for the way I am and how it affects romantic relationships,” he continues. “This person left your life, but you can’t help but blame yourself. Even though it was going to happen either way, you just think you’re the problem.”

Elsewhere, “Doctor” conjures “dark imagery of being interrogated like in a movie” via breathy lyrics and an off-kilter soundscape. Then, there’s “Hard.” Raw emotion seeps through the cracks in the vocals as thick distortion buoys the hook, “Help me see again who you are.”

“It’s about how being in a toxic situation—either romantically or with friends—has affected me and brought me down,” he states.

The title track “Certified” culminates on a chantable chorus awash in shoegaze distortion. Stretching to a soaring climax, it evokes the feeling of “being isolated because you’re in a relationship that your friends and family don’t approve of.”

In the end, Los Saints bring the kind of emotion that bonds us together to the surface.

“When you listen to us, I hope you find our art to be a place of comfort,” Mariscal leaves off. “Sometimes, I cry when I write. I’m always trying to come up with songs you can connect to so you don’t feel alone. The world is a tough place. We can be friends one way or another.”

Following the recording of ‘Certified’, Los Saints has grown into a four-piece, with the addition of new members, Greg Ortega [bass] and Jorge Vazquez [lead guitarist].





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What others have said about Los Saints:
“Could Los Saints be Chula Vista’s version of Cage the Elephant?”- San Diego Union Tribune

“A welcome slice of teenage angst, boredom, and longing set against angular indie rock guitars and refreshingly catchy melodies.”- Under The Radar Magazine

“Los Saints don’t mess around on their new single “Fouund You Somewhere”: Some scratchy chords right out of the Strokes playbook, then — bam — the Chula Vista-bred trio launches into a chorus the feels like you’ve just taken off over the deep blue seas west of San Diego International Airport.”- Buzzbands

“Don’t let the longing and regret behind the lyrics fool you — the guitar-led track glitters with optimistic tones.”- Alternative Press

“Los Saints are your next indie obsession…reminiscent of veteran indie-rockers The Strokes. Perfect to play on a late-night drive.”- The Honey Pop

“…pairs angular, melodious guitars reminiscent of ‘80s post-punk jams with the sentimentality of a pop breakup song.”- Remezcla

“a melodic pop-tinged sound with a mix of grit and genuine emotion.”- PBS San Diego

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