We just want to thank everyone who donated to our Kickstarter and helped us get to Europe this past April. A special shout out to Christopher Andreasen and Skelling Tom who donated the most.  Without people like you, we would never have made it out there.

Stream our entire set from Roadburn 2012!

Roadburn’s high quality audio stream of our set in their Het Patronaat converted church venue is now available online!  A few flubs on our part and a few weird online glitches and skips aside, we think it sounds pretty damn good!

Check Out Our Podcast

The kind folks over at Prog Sphere have asked our guitarist/vocalist Justin Maranga to do one of their “AwesomeCast” podcasts.  He gladly obliged.  As it’s a prog website, the podcast is chock full of progressive goodness.  Give it a listen!

Back from Europe

We are back from an amazing tour in Europe!  We would like to thank the folks at Roadburn Festival and Desertfest for having us and for putting on some of the best shows we’ve played.  We would also like to thank all the fans who came out to all the rest of the shows.  We had a blast and every show was awesome.  We made a lot of new friends and sold a lot of records.  We can’t wait to get out there again.

Free In-Store Performance @ Vacation Vinyl

Vacation Flyer

In Dreams and Time Teaser!

Help us get to Europe!!!

Today we put up a Kickstarter page in an attempt to help us get to Europe for a tour in April! We’ve set up a number of things to give away that hopefully you will enjoy!

European Tour 2012

We are pleased to announce the first of our April 2012 European tour dates.  After our last European tour in 2010, we could not be more excited about returning to Europe.  More dates to come…

06.04. UK – London @ Desertfest UK
08.04. Italy – Fidenza (PR) @ Taun Club
09.04. Austria – Vienna @ Arena (w/ Farflung / Black Rainbow)
10.04. Austria – Innsbruck @ PMK (w/ Church of Misery)
11.04. Germany – Jena @ Rosenkeller (w/ Church of Misery)
12.04. Netherlands – Tilburg @ O13 – Roadburn Festival 2012
13.04. Belgium – Marbehan @ Bois-Des-Islew – Fuzzfest! (w/ Red Fang, Black Tusk, Celeste, etc…)
17.04. Germany – Osnabrück @ Bastard Club
19.04. Germany – Berlin @ Desertfest Berlin

Drummer Daniel Pouliot joins Ancestors!

We are very excited to announce the addition of our new drummer, Daniel Pouliot (Horse the Band, ex-Bleeding Kansas).  Daniel is an incredible drummer and we’re honored to have him joining the band.

New album, ‘In Dreams and Time’ to be released in April!

On April 10th (April 9th in Europe), we will be releasing our third LP, In Dreams and Time, on Tee Pee Records.  The record incorporates elements of everything that we’ve come to feel that Ancestors is, as well as new things that we’ve never tried. We’re hoping that it will tie together fans of our previous albums Neptune With Fire, Of Sound Mind and Invisible White who may or may not have connected one release or the other, while hopefully helping us reach a new audience. We’re excited about it!

Album Cover

The track listing for In Dreams and Time is as follows:

1.) Whispers
2.) The Last Return
3.) Corryvreckan
4.) On the Wind
5.) Running in Circles
6.) First Light

Third Album

We are currently in the studio recording our third album.  We’re excited.  Are you?

Invisible White in Europe!

Our Invisible White EP is out today in Europe.  Pick up a copy on CD or limited white vinyl!

Invisible White T-Shirts

Invisible White t-shirt & vinyl bundles are available now in the Tee Pee Records webstore!  The shirts were designed by our good friends over at Dethkills.  Click the shirt to buy!

Tshirt bundle

Invisible White out TODAY!

INVISIBLE WHITE comes out today in the US on Tee Pee Records.  (It will be out September 12th in Europe).  Go pick up a copy or order it directly from the Tee Pee Records webstore!

Also, the fine folks at Gun Shy Assassin have debuted the title track from the record for us, so go have a listen!

Pre-Order Invisible White

You can now pre-order Invisible White from the Tee Pee Records webstore!

Invisible White EP Teaser Trailer


We’re back online!  Redesign coming soon, as well as news updates and shows.

Of Sound Mind cd/lp/ltd box set – Available for Pre-Order!!!

Click Here To Pre-Order Ancestors – Of Sound Mind Box Set
Double LP in Boxset limited to 50 on Cream / Pink Vinyl

Preorder the CD or Vinyl Version of Of Sound Mind Here
Double LP limited to 500 on Gray / Blue Vinyl

“The box set and everything it includes (aside from the LP itself) have been designed and constructed by Husk Industries (SF). Husk Ind and resident pen wizard Todd White have collaborated with Ancestors over the past few years to offer unique merchandise at shows, all of which have been produced with the intent to present goods that graphically complement, and function visually as one with the sound and progressive vision of the band.

From the pen to the press we strive to achieve visually what Ancestors has created sonically, by interpreting the energy of the sound and translating it into something tangible. The purity of the process is what separates us, as we have no intent to put out anything that’s been tampered: no clip art, no short cuts, no biting, all ink, all brush or pen, and only us, having been built by our hands from start to finish. It’s a great honor to have worked with Ancestors so far, and we’re all really excited to be a part of helping with the release of their new record, Of Sound Mind. Also of note is the album art work that Derek Albeck created for this release; a truly fresh and unique vision. We have been fans of his work for a long time and we’re really excited to have him as a part of this collective effort.

Over all, the intention is to present a truly unique piece that will be as visually stimulating as it is aurally. And once these are gone, they’re gone.”

The limited pre-order box set includes (all components are exclusive to the box set — hand numbered edition of 50):

- Screen printed inside and out LP Kraft mailer w/ art work by Todd White.

- Ancestors – Of Sound Mind LP on limited to 50 Cream / Pink Vinyl.

- 12″ x 12″ Giclée print on 308gsm Hahnemühle German eching paper, featuring the album cover art signed and numbered by artist Derek Albeck. Edition of 50.

- Unique color way shirt w/ art work by Todd White (Deep Slumber Lake) printed on American Apparel.

- 1″ Button w/ album cover art.

- Patch w/ art work by Todd White (Deep Slumber Lake)

Todd White /

Derek Albeck /

Husk Industries /

Stereogum premiers new Ancestors song, Bounty of Age!

Indie tastemaker blog, Stereogum has made the song Bounty of Age from our new album Of Sound Mind available to stream.  Go listen and leave us a comment!

Brooklyn Vegan premiers new Ancestors song, The Ambrose Law!

Brooklyn Vegan has made the song The Ambrose Law from our new album Of Sound Mind available for download.  Go check it out!

New Album — “OF SOUND MIND” — Out 10/6!!!

Ancestors have announced they will release the follow up their critically acclaimed debut album Neptune With Fire on October 6th. The brand new album will be titled Of Sound Mind.

You can purchase the first Ancestors album (available on ltd edition translucent gold vinyl) HERE

Recorded, mixed and mastered at Infrasonic Sound by Pete Lyman, known for his diverse work with Mars Volta, Qui and No Age.  Ancestors, including contributions by notable Los Angeles artists David Scott Stone (Melvins, Unwound, Slug), Sera Timms (Black Math Horsemen) and cellist Ramiro Zapata (Jesus Makes the Shotgun Sound) have created an album truly Of Sound Mind; a refreshing and aptly named experience of incredible proportions.


“LA Quintet Ancestors are suitably lysergic, their debut
consisting of two conceptual, organ-striated heavy rock odysseys” – MOJO

“Come to Neptune With Fire for the mammoth riffs, but stay for the stretches
when Ancestors take ‘far out’ even further.” – PITCHFORK

In evolutionary theory, species that share an ancestor are said to be of common descent.  There’s nothing common about the music of Los Angeles quintet ANCESTORS.  To peg or try to pigeon hole the art they create would be missing the point.  But for most, reference and understanding lays the foundation for common ground.  What Ancestors ‘shares’ is a unique vision to create something passionate, vital and challenging.  OF SOUND MIND is a journey through the past into the future; a signpost for a quickly emerging force of musical power and creativity.  Where Ancestors showed signs of promise on their debut Neptune With Fire, they have trail blazed new pathways with the 8-part opus Of Sound Mind.  They have channeled the freedom of progressive stalwarts King Crimson, the craft and insight of Pink Floyd, and the depth and brooding of Neurosis.  The ‘common descent’ lies in the courage they share with these aforementioned groups to push the limit, cementing their foundation without rooting themselves in the general trappings of music journalism or pop culture.  To put linear constrictions on their journey would be an insult to all that have strived to create something new, the true essence of art and expression.  Ancestors weave an unorthodox mixture of sonic textures, down-tempo riffs and rhythms, accented with well-crafted melodies and at times full-throttle assaults.  The combination delivers a cohesive journey akin to the ambitious undertakings of avant-garde musicians like Eric Dolphy, Peter Brotzmann or Miles Davis.  Of Sound Mind is something to be returned to over and over, always offering a new reward.

Lyrically and thematically, Of Sound Mind contemplates the quandaries of human psychology and its effect on and within the development of modern society.  Although essentially conceptual in nature, the record is a blatant transition from the allegorical and mythological framework of their debut Neptune With Fire.  The 8 part, 1-hour plus album lends meaning, while actively seeking answers, much like the work of Camus or Thoreau.  Without absolution or authority, Ancestors insight a thought crusade with meaningful intent.
- Sam Velde

1. From Nothing
2. Mother Animal
3. Not the Last Return
4. Bounty of Age
5. A Friend
6. The Trial
7. Challenging
8. The Ambrose Law

***Keep your eyes peeled for a webpage redesign, including a sneak peak at some of the new tunes…coming soon!
Also check out our MYSPACE

New Ancestors Album

We’re just finishing up writing our next record.  We’ve got studio time booked in April and the record will tentatively be out in October.

We’re pretty pumped.  Hope you are too!

West coast tour flyer

Ancestors & Night Horse West Coast Tour

Ancestors and Night Horse have mapped out a week long West Coast Tour beginning on January 2nd in San Francisco.


DOWNLOAD: Ancestors – Neptune With Fire (EDIT)

Ancestors are touring behind their critically acclaimed debut Neptune With Fire, a conceptual two track record with a title song which tells of a metaphorical character and his cosmic, psychological ordeal through war, celebration, remorse and revelation.


DOWNLOAD: Night Horse – Wicked Love

Night Horse’s The Dark Wont Hide You brings a saddle bag full of heavy, raw and riffed out blues tinged rock. Steeped in the likes of John Lee Hooker, Taste, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac and the Allman Brothers Band. Night Horse features Sam James Velde of famed Los Angeles band Bluebird on vocals as well as members of Ancestors.

Tour Dates:

1/2 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill
1/3 Sacramento, CA @ On The Y
1/4 Eureka, CA @ Aunty Mo’s
1/5 Medford, OR @ Johnny B’s
1/6 Eugene, OR @ Samurai Duck
1/7 Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern
1/8 Portland, OR @ East End
1/9 Seattle, WA @ Josephine
1/10 Portland, OR @ Blood Bank (House Show)
(See shows section for more details)

New song on our myspace!

Head on over to our myspace and check out a demo of a song entitled “Mother Animal”, which will be on our next record (out sometime in ’09).  (It’s in a flash player in the ‘about ancestors’ section of the page because it wouldn’t fit in the myspace player).

We’re only leaving this song up for a couple of weeks, so catch it while you can!!!

ALARM – Ancestors Feature

Neptune With Fire OUT TODAY!!!

Go buy our album!  It came out today!

You can also buy it on the Tee Pee Records website
You can also purchase it on iTunes.

Manifest Destiny @ Echoplex w/ Witchcraft, Witch, Earthless, Warlocks, Graveyard, Assemble Head, etc…

Manifest Destiny


September 7, 2008
@ The Echoplex
1154 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90026
Cost : $15

Presented by Tee Pee Records.

The Warlocks
Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound
Night Horse
T.K. Webb & the Visions

Neptune With Fire pre-order!!!

Our debut album Neptune With Fire will be released in the US on August 19 through Tee Pee Records & North Atlantic Sound. It’s now available for pre-order on the Tee Pee Records website.

Go buy it!

Digipack CD
Gatefold vinyl limited to 300 on translucent gold vinyl. The rest on black vinyl.

Ancestors studio report on Roadburn

Roadburn asked us to participate in one of their “studio reports” to which we gladly obliged. Check it out on their website!

They also reviewed our record and put it on their playlist.

Neptune With Fire Us Release Date!!!

So our album will be coming out in the US on August 19 on North Atlantic Sound & Tee Pee Records. Until then, Relapse Records has it available for a reasonable price considering it’s an import. We’ll also have copies of the LP and CD for an even more reasonable price at our upcoming shows.

And don’t forget, you can already pick it up in the UK…so go buy it. No challenge.

Record out now in the UK!

Our debut album Neptune With Fire is now out in the UK, and should be in stores all over the UK in the coming weeks. It is also available for order from many UK online retailers, such as Amazon UK, Rough Trade, Cargo, Norman Records, etc on CD and gatefold LP.

News about the release in the US to come very shortly…

Now there’s a website

Welcome to Ancestors official website! Thanks to David Harthcock for making it.