This is the soundtrack to a lush, summer dream: A rosey, jazzy, and fruitful escape through music. A sound consisting a potent blend of psychedelic rock, indie folk, Tropicália, and soul, Getaway Dogs is the brainchild of Brazilian-American songwriter Kai Killion. Based in the small coastal town of Santa Cruz, California, Getaway Dogs' music is reflective of its marine environment, so much so that it sounds like it was conceived deep under the ocean's surface... A dreamscape grounded at its rawest form in simple, honest songwriting. Getaway Dogs are a product of their community as well. While rent hikes and tech money have left Santa Cruz's artist community all but destitute, Getaway Dogs remain a constant; a part of the resistance to increasing wealth inequality and gentrification that have left cities like San Francisco colorless and sterile. It is part of their mission to challenge and bring awareness to these issues.
Since the release of their debut album, Lost in the Ebb in 2016, Getaway Dogs have made a name for themselves in the Santa Cruz and greater Bay Area music scene, having opened for notable acts such as The Mattson 2, Durand Jones & The Indications, Sugar Candy Mountain, Gabriella Cohen and more, as well as being featured in Magnet, Huffington Post, Deli SF, and Atwood Magazine.
On September 27th, 2019 Getaway Dogs released their second and most refined album, BELONG, out on all platforms now. Hypnotic vocal harmonies and swirling guitars, entrancing drum beats and slippery keyboards: All these and more play into Getaway Dogs’ latest fantasia. Unifying elements of psychedelic surf-rock, indie, folk, soul and Tropicália, the band takes listeners deeper into the hidden caves of musical discovery, embracing vastness without going adrift. Each song conveys its own particular feeling as honest, nostalgic lyrics inhabit the atmosphere. The album's title, Belong, calls the listener in to feel at home in the dreamscape, and holds space for those who feel overwhelmed by the current state of their world. As J. Poet of Magnet Magazine writes, Getaway Dogs "inhabit their own starry eyed universe, drifting along to the tropical pulsation of big bossa-nova guitars, shimmering intergalactic keyboards, somnambulant vocals, whispered percussion and buoyant melodies… With a small coterie of like-minded souls, Killion made a record full of dreamy, late-night psychedelia that spins a calm, soothing spell."
Getaway Dogs' lineup consists of Kai Killion (guitar & vocals), Lucas Heinel (synth & percussion), Andrew Hawes (drums, percussion), Bobcat Rob (lead guitar), and Shahya Khodadadio (bass).