It might only be a matter of time before Long Beach-born musician Pete Reyes, aka Youth Fables, becomes a household name in Las Vegas. Hovering somewhere between the electronic styles of Odesza and Tycho, Reyes creates tropical beats and shimmering sonic waves to accompany his intuitive, guitar-based melodies.
His 2017 debut EP, Sequential Season, marked his first foray into futuristic house and chillwave, and he says that’s only the tip of the iceberg. The 30-year-old, who opens for touring guitar wiz Kaki King on February 2, already has a new five-song EP in the pipeline, due by mid-summer.
The idea for Youth Fables came to Reyes when he was in his last semester of grad school. “I was thinking, what am I going to do with all this free time?” he says. Having already tasted success in his early 20s—Reyes played guitar in St. George, Utah-based post-hardcore band In:Aviate, which was signed to Rise Records (At the Drive-In, American Nightmare)—he turned back to what he knew best: music. This time, however, Reyes headed in a different direction, abandoning the aggressive guitar sounds of his previous band for something lighter and more approachable.
“I wanted to explore that creative part of my life again,” Reyes says. As Youth Fables, he does everything, from arranging the music to playing the keys and drums to recording and producing. From the ground up, it’s a true DIY project. And the name? Reyes says he was inspired by nostalgia and reflecting on his past endeavors. “My whole youth was writing music and being creative,” Reyes says. “I wanted to tie that in now that I’m a lot older and things are a lot different. I’m going back to my roots.”
Youth Fables opening for Kaki King with Olan. February 2, 9 p.m., $10-$15. Bunkhouse Saloon, 702-982-1764.