Afraid was formed in a damp, spider-infested basement at the bottom of Portland, Maine’s Munjoy Hill during the summer of 2013. Since then, founding members Jakob Battick and Ryan Cutler have guided the band’s ever-evolving lineup through a handful of EPs and splits, including collaborations with Herbcraft's Matt Lajoie, Swans' Jarboe, and Sterling Black, and one paranoid, hallucinatory full-length, Sinister Vibes (Crash Symbols).

In the summer of 2015, the group relocated cross-country to the birthplace of American psychedelia, Berkeley, CA, and evolved two lifetimes along the way. Currently, the group is laying low in the idyllic Northern Californian surround and searching for its own vision of “Cosmic American Music.”

"...deliberate in its purpose, and powerful in its meaning." - Impose Magazine

"Battick sings like Jarvis Cocker on quaaludes." - The Bangor Daily News

"Like a brand new MacBook Pro filled up to critical mass with murder porn, the blood will come (spoiler alert). But when it does it is impossible to tell where from. Stigmata or spray from blunt impact? This works well with 'Sinister Vibes'... a powerful piece of subversive media. Think Small Black meets Have a Nice Life. The stench of death is somewhere close, but even rot can smell sickly sweet." - Tome to the Weather Machine

"This is misunderstood-psycho-core; Jason Voorhees' posthumous bedroom demos; a lullaby that is - according to the 911 dispatcher - coming from inside the house. Sinister Vibes spills across your face like the moon just before the night terrors and sleep paralysis set in to keep you wide awake, shuddering, until morning." - Dispatch Magazine