The Loons

The Loons

Evoking the wildest trips of the ’66 Sunset Strip, the Loons have been playing their smart, stylish brand of psychotic beat music for almost twenty years. Lead singer is Mike Stax of Ugly Things Magazine, Anja Stax plays bass, Marc Schroeder and Chris Marsteller are the guitarists, and Mike Kamoo is their drummer and producer. According to the San Diego Reader the Loons are “our city’s most underrated purveyors of Pretty Things/Yardbirds-inspired, mod-lovin’ psychedelia,” while the Orange County Weekly hailed them as “a blast furnace of an art-driven garage band,” adding, “This music teems with the dementia of such bona fide American whackos as Arthur Lee, Sky Saxon, Sean Bonniwell and Roky Erickson.” The Loons are about to release their fourth full length album, and by all accounts they are at the top of their game—especially onstage.