Posts Tagged ‘beach rock’

March 22, 2018
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It’s more than “fine by me” that LOUD HOUND chose to reach out and key us into new single Fine By Me. It would have been egregious to miss out on this jaunty rocking indie surf treat, which brings us a pleasant dose of summer mischief and a welcome hair-tousling breeze with its infectious “ooh ooh woos” and sun-kissed guitars. The musician, who hails from New Jersey, has quickly won our hearts over with his beach-y garage rock. An album is on its way. Fine By Me is available from iTunes, here. It’s also a free download, here.

February 24, 2018

Some might think that having a dreamy actor like Dylan Minnette (aka Clay Jensen from Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, among other roles) is a gimmick to bring extra attention to a budding rock band, but this can’t be further from the truth. I had the pleasure of catching Wallows last month on the very first show of their very first tour at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, and they were incredible. Dylan swapped lead vocals with Cole Preston, killed it on guitar, and the whole band put on a fantastic rock show for the packed, sold out crowd. Sure, there were fans there who were obviously present so they could scream their lungs out for Dylan, but even they were obviously caught up in the tide of Wallows’ bona fide music, a contagiously chugging, dusty crunching blend of indie rock and guitar pop. As the deserved buzz continues to rise on Wallows and the band prepare to hit SXSW next month, Wallows shares a new song and video named Pictures Of Girls. Nostalgic curling guitars, propulsive drums, and beach-ready vintage Hollywood charm permeate the peppy tune, lifted from Wallows’ forthcoming Spring EP, due out when else, but spring. Download/stream the fine addition to the blooming outfit’s repertoire, here. Catch Wallows on the rest of their winter tour, details can be found, here. And get ready for a fine night bopping along to their music and some sweet surprise covers, too (keeping mum, not going to spoil it). 

February 19, 2018
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New The Drums should come as no big surprise, considering their fresh tour on the horizon that kicks off at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz and the Fox in Oakland come April. Yet, Meet Me In Mexico was still unexpected, since it hasn’t been that long since the surf rock and indie pop band released their new album Abysmal Thoughts last summer. There’s no complaints to be found here as this The Drums fan bops her head in joy to the peppy beats of this fine new tune. The Drums offered up the track as a charity piece. All proceeds go to aid Mexican earthquake relief efforts via Reconstruir México and Lago Tanganica 67. You can purchase Meet Me In Mexico from Bandcamp, here.

December 22, 2017
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A balmy suffusion of sun-kissed guitar pop and surfy indie rock instills in us an irresistible urge to get up and dance on Happy Ever After, the lead single from a debut EP from Perth up and comers Almond Soy. I don’t know if these lads love almond and soy and happened to really wanted to shout their affection by fashioning their band name after both, but I do know that I’m aglow with adoration for the band’s uplifting, jaunty song. Some synthwavey nostalgia endows the effulgent skipping tune. Happy Ever After recalls my love for bands like Day Wave, The Drums, Beach Fossils, Wild Nothings, and Best Coast.  Almond Soy’s debut EP Social Misfit arrives on New Year’s Day. Pre-order the EP or purchase Happy Ever After from iTunes, here.

October 24, 2017

SoCal based Dutch Party, lead by San Franciscan native Ken Franklin, are as infectious as ever as the band drops a new music video and song in the form of snappy chugging Now And Later, a song you’ll want to listen to now and later, time and time again. With sweetly lilting hooks, wavy glistening synths, and a contagious bass line, Dutch Party enamors us on the head bopping, 60s styled beachy surf pop and sunny alt rock jam from their upcoming EP, Combat Pop. The video for Now and Later was inspired by singer Ken Franklin’s love for 1961 film The Hustler. Combat Pop is due out later this fall. 

October 18, 2017

Sun-kissed bliss and jangling surf nostalgia abound as Los Angeles (by way of Brazil) dream pop band Winter teams up with fellow Los Angeles outfit Trabants on a dreamy shimmering, warm glimmering new song named Just Stay. The stand alone single comes appropriately accompanied by enchanting vintage footage to add to its wistful charm. Samira Winter conceived Winter’s sound while in Boston. She’s now joined by Justine Brown, Chelsea Brown, and Anders LaSource as a full band. The quartet released their first full length, Supreme Blue Dream, back in 2015. Trabants is an instrumental surf band who likes to explore vintage recording techniques. The two bands seem to be a perfect fit for each other on Just Stay. 

September 20, 2017
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There’s nothing better than a warm dose of surf rock sunshine and jangle pop bliss, which is exactly what Swimming Tapes seems to have perfected on the English band’s latest single Alison. A dreamy nostalgic gust of glistening guitars and dewy vocals washes in with the tide as the slightest hint of angular post-punk keeps us on our sand kissed toes. Hints of Beach Fossils, DIIV, Day Wave, and Wild Nothing can be found in this sublime gem. Alison was the final track revealed ahead of the release of Swimming Tapes’ sophomore EP Soft Sea Blue last Friday. You can grab the single from iTunes, here. Their new EP is out on B3SCI.

September 15, 2017

Toronto pop-rockers Twist are preparing to release their first EP since acclaimed 2016 debut album, Spectral. Benefits will hit the shelves on September 22nd via Buzz Records. It’s a collection of songs which the band honed while touring in support of Spectral alongside the likes of Jimmy Eat World, TOPS, Chastity Belt, and more. Among its four tracks is this charming ditty, Leave This Town. There’s a sun kissed beach town charm to the gauzy swirling, guitar curling gem. In support of their new EP, Twist will be hitting the road again in North America to play a series dates including shows with Weaves, Partner, and Crocodiles. Pre-order Benefits, here. Keep uo with Twist and their tour on Facebook, here.

September 2, 2017
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I’m so glad surf rock isn’t dead, because I love sun bleached, windswept rock. I thank the music gods for exciting bands like Surf Rock is Dead, who’s been at the forefront of reviving the sound in the indie scene. Our love affair with the Brooklyn based duo continues as they serve up angular post-punk on jagged Everything They Said. The dark jaunty tune ventures into both darkwave and psychedelic territory with its rich swirling, moody brooding synths. Everything They Said’s rhythmic cadence and notched guitar also deliver the sublime hypnosis of math rock in spades. In short, Everything They Said is everything I love dearly in rock. Kevin Pariso and Joel Witenberg, who hail from Chicago and Melbourne originally, have delivered a sumptuous song reminiscent of Day Wave, Beach Fossils, DIIV, Joy Division, and Preoccupations. They’ll be dropping their new EP, We Have No Friends, on October 6th in both vinyl and digital formats. The vinyl version will include the band’s debut EP, SRiD, on its b-side. Pre-order, here.

July 29, 2017

Brighton based quartet Beachtape recently signed to Punk Slime Recordings. On September 8, they’ll be releasing their debut EP, Hold Music. The record includes this fabulous indie rock treat named Rearranging My Ways, produced by The Magic Gang’s Kristian Smith. The song’s sun dappled, scuzzy crunching indie rock is like a mix of The Drums’ surf rock and James Mercer’s honeyed timbre gone Dinosaur Jr.’s slacker grunge. Beachtape will be revealing their first official single from Hold Music soon. In the meantime, you can listen to more of the band’s music on Soundcloud, here.