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Getaway Dogs

Getaway Dogs is the brainchild of Santa Cruz-based songwriter, Kai Killion. Evincing a deep connection with music at an early age, Killion made his first drum beats climbing onto dinner tables at large bohemian-family gatherings, making strange and rhythmic noises with his vocal cords in wild bursts of self-expression. The son of a Californian artist/history professor and a Brazilian immigrant, Kai was born in Maine and spent his baby years in post-war Eritrea, a traveling toddler on his mother’s back as she and his father roamed about Northeast Africa and later Europe.

Kai’s family returned to California, spending seven years in the small surf enclave of Santa Cruz, and eventually, following his father’s success as a printmaker, they moved up the coast to the smaller community of Point Reyes. There Kai would spend the majority of his time in nature, going on long hikes through the woods with his parents, playing with friends in the hills, canoeing across Tomales Bay, surfing the wild and remote surf breaks and scouting the beaches and cliffs of that pristine coastline.

The family soon left the US again, this time to spend a year living with his mother’s kin in the tropical metropolis of Rio de Janeiro. During this year in Brazil, Killion became fluent in Portuguese and began to learn the guitar. They returned to Point Reyes, and as a high school student, Killion immersed himself in the arts, writing his first songs, forming his first bands, joining theatre and slam poetry contests and expressing himself on a day to day basis. After traveling across South America and New Zealand upon graduating high school, Killion returned to Santa Cruz to pursue a degree in history and a career as a musician.

Dubbed once by a friend as “cushy bedroom psychedelic Bossanova”, Getaway Dogs draws its inspiration from a variety of genres, from Tropicália to folk, psyche and indie rock, hip-hop, soul, and jazz. What started as a solo project quickly evolved as various musicians of different backgrounds passed through the bands’ revolving door, each lending their experiences to the projects’ unique, malleable sound. The band’s debut record, Lost In The Ebb, produced by Lucas Heinel and Killion in Elliott Kay's basement- turned- home-studio, was the result of more than two years of hard work. Released in August 2016, the record drew significant attention from heavy-hitting industry blogs like Magnet Magazine and the Huffington Post, among others.

Getaway Dogs currently perform around Santa Cruz and the Bay Area, and are in the process of recording new material, with the hope of releasing an album in Spring 2019. They have shared the stage with notable acts such as Tommy Guerrero, Durand Jones & The Indications, and Space Captain, and have been a part of festivals such as Do-It-Ourselves Fest and the Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival. The band currently consists of Killion (guitars/vocals), Spencer Higgins (drums, percussion), Lucas Heinel (percussion, synth) and Chili Corder (bass).



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The 405 Features New Getaway Dogs Single

The new track, "Excuses/ Opinions" from the Bay Area group, Getaway Dogs, is a psych folk-rock gem, and we're here to share a bit of the review from The 405!

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"I hit play and am gently transported to the warmth of the coast and swathed in a carefree vibe...Poised to dive back into post-summer reality, this is exactly the type of song I’ve been turning up and tuning out to." [8/31/2016]

The Wild Honey Pie

"This 15-track body (Lost in the Ebb) of work is purely intoxicating, leaving you with a dizzying smile and slowly creeping warm-n-fuzzies." [8/16/2016]

Clayton Warwick - The Music Ninja

"It’s got a more suave, copacabana vibe written all over it." [5/25/2016]

Ears are Pricked

"An expansive track surrounded on either sonic end by a twitchy bassline and echoing guitar twinkles, “Papersoul II” allows the drumbeat to steer the song, ranging in volatility from staring at the ceiling to urgently staring at the ceiling, discovering the symmetry in its hidden patterns." [10/8/18]

Dara Bankole, The Wild Honeypie

"Getaway Dogs create an indie-Tropicalismo fusion that will satisfy fans of both genres. If laid-back ambition is a thing, Kai Killion and his talented allies seem to have it in spades." [8/19/2016]

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Getaway Dogs - 'Lost In The Ebb' (Album Trailer)

Teaser for Getaway Dogs' upcoming debut record, Lost in the Ebb due out 8/19/16

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From L to R: Spencer Higgins, Kai Killion, Chili Corder Photo Credit: Zachary Schneider Download larger image
From L to R: Antony Bianchini, Kai Killion, Lucas Heinel Photo credit: Tyler Young Download larger image


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