Send Medicine started out as the moniker for Toronto based musician/singer Julian Hacquebard in the summer of 2012, when he released his first self titled EP; a collection of self-recorded-space-tinged folk songs. Shortly after this time, Send Medicine morphed into a full electric quintet which helped transform a stripped down sound into a fully realized psychedelic/surf/rock band.
This change from solo performer to band would be the collective effort that spawned Warm Memories from the Rooftop; recorded in late 2012 in Toronto. The Grey Estates music blog praised the record for having “intoxicating instrumentals needed on a summer record.” Drawing experimentation comparisons to Tame Impala, and Devendra Banhart vocally. Literally 11 days after the session ended, Julian absconded west to Los Angeles where he currently resides. It was here that he used Warm Memories… as a calling card to get gigs. A few months in, the EP came to the attention of local show promoter Ryan Glennan, who in a rushed frenzy, told Julian that he loved the record and wanted to book his band in a week’s time for a big event he was throwing in LA’s Art’s District. It was out of this urgency that Julian recruited a troupe of players including Lauren Grimaldi; who he met jamming in a park, and his singer songwriter friend Lauren Barth who would remain an important part of the band for over a year. With both Laurens and drummer Nikolai Giefer on board the project would slowly mutate, transform, and rotate again into the current line up that is Send Medicine today. In April of 2014 the group was awarded LA band of the month by Deli Magazine. As for the promoter Mr. Glennan…well, he now sings back ups and plays tambourine in the band. This collaboration, combined with Salvatore Romano/Drums, Connor Hill/Guitar, Aaron Stern/Bass and Lauren Grimaldi/Percussion is what now helps churn out the overall sound and vibe of the project. A sound described by the Ventura Country Reporter as blending “psychedelia, blues, western and folk.”
July Eyes; co produced by Neil Wogensen of the native Angeleno band Valley Queen; is the first single for the current LA line up. Their first full length album is due sometime later 2015, and they are very excited on the collection/collaboration of songs.