Artist Profile: FMLYBND


New Wave of Talented Musicians Blossoming From Isla Vista

FMLYBND's guitar wall.

FMLYBND’s guitar wall.

In a city renown for it’s excessive partying and debauchery, there is a culture rising in the midst of the darkness in Isla Vista, CA. A collective of musicians are leading the way for Isla Vista’s most recent music scene. This town has over 20,000 students living in only one square mile, where close community is unavoidable, it is no surprise a new culture is being birthed. With Jack Johnson, Animal Liberation Orchestra, Rebelution, and Steve Aoki, Isla Vista is no stranger to successful musicians.


FMLYBND's single "Young Wild

FMLYBND’s single “Young Wild

The new and quickly rising music wave in Isla Vista is being lead my FMLYBND (Family Band), but this movement is also equipped with equally talented artists currently in the recording process such as Z/\D/\ (Zada), Ryan Ellis, Dropout, and Hounds, among others. FMLYBND has opened for the X-Games twice. Once in Austin, TX and again in Los Angeles; they also played at SXSW this past year. Most recently they opened for bands such as Modest Mouse, The Faint, and Young The Giant and are about to join Milky Chance for part of their upcoming North America Tour.

I got to have a sit down with Mac Montgomery, FMLYBND’s lead singer. When asked to described his band, Montgomery said,

“We’re just a five piece band from the slum paradise of Isla Vista, CA.”

Members of FMLYBND

Members of FMLYBND

Montgomery talked about the current state of this creative movement and what the near future will look like for the city.

“Hopefully this city is put on the map, as one of the most creative places ever.” Montgomery expresses, “There is a lot of really good talent here, it’s like a gold mine.”

The very optimistic FMLYBND will be releasing new music very soon. Needless to say, these next few years will be full of musical breakthrough from Isla Vista’s rising stars and we have a lot to look forward to.

For information and tour dates check out their website: FMLYBND

Check out more articles about Isla Vista’s upcoming music scene: Dropout/Candyland , Allison Paige


About Author

Ian King

Ian King was born and raised in Seattle, WA and will graduate in June with his BA in Communications and Mass Media. He has a passion for music and thinking creatively. He loves making informative and entertaining videos and is very excited to be on the Odyssey team. On his spare time, he is planning his wedding with his fiancé for this coming summer in addition to recording music in his homemade studio.

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