Mr. Elevator – formed in Southern California in 2012 by Tomas Dolas and Justin Martinez (and their mutual love of Donovan) – eschews guitars for vintage synthesizers, organs, and electric pianos, distinguishing themselves within the fuzzy, distorted contemporary Psych-Pop scene.
Under the original name Mr. Elevator and the Brain Hotel, the band began playing shows as a three-piece with bassist Wyatt Blair, and a short while later, in 2013, relocated to Los Angeles where they released their first album, Nico & her Psychedelic Subconscious, with Burger Records. After a few years of live shows, perfecting their sound alongside acts like Thee Oh Sees, The Fresh & Onlys, The Black Lips, Allah-Las, and more, Mr. Elevator released their second album, When the Morning Greets You, in early 2017.
"The drum clock is docking and the night tide washes up synthesized environments woozy and recorded perfectly,” kicks off John Dwyer’s magniloquent description of his friend and Oh Sees bandmate Dolas’ 2020 record as Mr. Elevator, Goodbye, Blue Sky. While When the Morning Greets You was drenched in as much lustrous sun as the album title implies, Goodbye, Blue Sky truly does bid adieu to the brightness of day to welcome twilight and the mysteries of the night with open arms.