Posts Tagged ‘surf punk’

April 25, 2018
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Last Friday, Twin Shadow gave us one of the most epic Popscene sets of the year at his sold out headline show at Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco. The only regret I harbor from that evening is the fact that I somehow missed out on the announcement that Yuno was the opening act, and I only caught the very last song of his set as I entered the venue. The Floridian artist, signed to Sub Pop Records, made his live debut that night, and despite having fallen for his music after hearing No Going Back earlier this year, I’ve missed out on his inaugural performance! Failure aside, I can’t help but bask in joy due to the surfy nostalgic pop and gauzy rock oozing from Yuno’s wistful aching new song Why For. It’s almost as if the fascinating new talent had mixed WU LYF’s rough bellowing rock with The Drums’ dreamy, wavy surf pop and a touch of Black Kids’ indie rock, too. Yuno’s debut EP, Moodie, arrives on Sub Pop June 15th. Pre-order, here. Re-visit our No Going Back feature, here.

February 8, 2018
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Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. As much as it’s a day when many celebrate the beauty of love, it’s also a day that many choose to hate, whether due to the fact that there’s a lack of love in their lives, or because they just hate how commercialized Valentine’s Day has become. San Diego surf punk band The Frights seem to fall in the latter. The four piece band just signed to Epitaph Records, and their new song on the label is a bitter lilting, acerbic chugging punk anthem named Valentine’s Sux. The Frights may not have a quarrel with Valentine’s Day itself, but they wax crestfallen over a breakup on the Weezer meets FIDLAR like charmer. The Frights are preparing to hit the road this March, and they’ll be making an appearance at SXSW, too. Keep up with the band on their website, here.

February 2, 2018
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If you’re not yet familiar with Colorado’s Slow Caves, the band sums up who they are nicely by describing their “synth-punk” as inspired by late nights in Hollywood, high speed car chases, red eye flights and vintage skateboard videos.” Their new single Poser is a surfy churning jam that evokes bands like Broncho and The Orwells, and it arrives just ahead of their new North American tour, which you can find out about, here. The scuzzy rocking song makes it more than apparent that if there’s any posers in our vicinity, it’s sure as hell not Slow Caves and their deliciously disheveled rock. Snag the track from iTunes, here.

August 29, 2017
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“Repeat repeat” just about sums up what I’d like to do with this charming ditty. It’s also the name of the band responsible for its 60s evoking saccharine surf pop, sort of. Frontman Jared Corder, drummer Andy Herrin, and vocalist/keys player Kristyn Corder are *repeat repeat. The three musicians, based out of Nashville, TN, make pop songs rooted in the spirit of both coasts. They mix California surf culture and New York street smarts into their music. *repeat repeat’s new single Girlfriend is sun kissed guitar pop stratified with a dark layer of entangling garage rock and chunky punk, and it’s utterly addictive, a sweet yet biting confection. Girlfriend is out now on Dangerbird Records.

August 15, 2017

I was over the moon last Friday when I saw that SWMRS’ new music video was trending on YouTube. We’ve  been incredibly fond of this rising East Bay quartet and their punky rock. The band, who counts Billy Joe Armstrong’s son, Joey Armstrong, among its ranks, will be heading out on a North American co-headlining tour with The Interrupters this fall. Their new video for Lose It, one of many fine tunes from the re-released edition of their critically acclaimed debut album Drive North, was shot right in Oakland. Singer/guitarist Cole Becker directed the endearing clip for the sweetly euphonious song, which bursts at the seams with twangy hooking, head wagging sun-kissed pop. SWMRS re-released their debut album Drive North on Fueled By Ramen last fall. The newer version includes re-mastered versions of the original release’s 12 tracks and new songs Lost It and Palm Trees. Grab it digitally, here, and physically, here. Find out more about SWMRS’ forthcoming tour, here.

May 19, 2017

With a band name like Fruit & Flowers, you’d think that this Brooklyn outfit would present us with sweet aromatic pop, but their ravishing music tends to veer towards the darkly bewitching side of the music spectrum. They hook me in with their latest single Out Of Touch. The song’s smoky oblique, honeyed yet barbed indie rock can be described as “surf noir”, infused with garage psych and seasoned with a dash of angular post-punk. Out Of Touch is the first single from Fruit & Flowers’ just announced debut EP, Drug Tax, due out June 30th via Little Dickman Records. The song comes with a washed out, vintage cut music video, shot where else, but on the beach. Fruit & Flowers will be playing a string of tour dates at various venues in Brooklyn through the end of June. Tour details can be found, here.

November 9, 2016
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Though this next one is named Haunted World, it’s rather jangling bright delight. The song comes from Echo Park duo isle&fever. The pair wrote “summer days and disco nights” on their Soundcloud profile, a befitting choice of words considering the sun dappled magnetism and uptempo groove on their new song. Haunted World exudes endless glowing warmth and laid back charm in its lo-fi guitar pop and peppy surf punk despite a restless biting undercurrent. The duo wrote the song after feeling despair about our political situation. Turns out, I’ve chosen the proper day to share the song. After all, it’s Election Day here in the good ol’ U.S. of A. Check out more of this Southern California band’s songs on Soundcloud.

July 25, 2016
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Los Angeles’ TUFT, who previously went by the name Hi Ho Silver Oh, have revealed a new single from their debut album Look Look. Sheep’s gritty raw, melodically stomping garage rock is imbued with a sliver of metal, at times evoking Coheed and Cambria alongside a touch of Chili Peppers but endowed with some surfy punk charm. The crunchy rock jam is irresistibly catchy. TUFT’s debut album Look Look is out now. Purchase from iTunes or Amazon.

April 12, 2016
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Southern California’s GRMLN recently went from being a solo project to being a duo consisting of founder Yoodoo Park and his brother. But today, I encountered a newly uploaded song on Yoodoo Park’s Soundcloud, a lo-fi dream pop and indie rock gem named “over you”. I’m guessing it’s under his actual name to avoid confusion as to whether it’s a GRMLN track involving his brother, though I can’t be positive. Either way, over you is a beaut, a bedroom surf punk ambler that reminds me of Oakland’s Day Wave. I’m suddenly beset by much warm summer nostalgia. 

March 9, 2016
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I must have missed the news that SoCal sister band Bleached are preparing to release a sophomore album, due out April 1st, which is already less than a month away. But such sweet news, belated or not, is much music to my ears, having been immensely fond of the band’s beachy retro rock in the past. On Sour Candy, a new song from the coming album, Bleached goes more punky and chunky pop rock, giving us a fantastically fun and vibrant treat that I can’t stop listening to. There might even be a scarce few moments on Sour Candy where the names “Bleached” and “Bleachers” might seem interchangeable. Bleached’s second album, Welcome The Worms, is available to pre-order on iTunes.