Posts Tagged ‘surf rock’

May 16, 2018

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We’ve been following along with GRMLN since the project was a one person project, helmed by San Francisco musician Yoodoo Park. The music Yoodoo and his brother serve up is part 90s Dinosaur Jr slacker rock, part Day Wave surf pop, and a whole lot of sun-kissed, blissed out nostalgia. Later this month, GRMLN will officially release a new EP named Explore II. Drift Away is its opening track, a dreamy jangling, dulcet strumming lo-fi bedroom delight that oozes endless West Coast charm. You can listen to Explore II on Bandcamp, here, or Spotify, here.

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.

March 22, 2018
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We are much indebted to music pal with fine music tastes for this new project on our radar. FETES is Cristian Campano, a singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Sydney also known for his role as the frontman of garage punk band Food Court. His single Waiting For You thrills and inebriates with a bushy blend of mellifluous psych pop and snaggle-toothed rock. It’s a high caliber song that reminds me how much I’m missing the Smith Westerns and Cullen Omori’s solo project. Waiting For You is also adorned with chunky, surfy sections much reminiscent of The Drums, as well as a unique drum and bass roll. 

“From years of loving Drum and Bass, I’ve always wanted to incorporate the fast break beats and heavy bass into my music,” Campano explains. “’Waiting For You’ was calling out for an exciting drum sound so once we injected the Drum and Bass, there was no turning back.” A video will be arriving shortly for FETES’ Waiting For You. Keep up with the artist on Facebook, here.

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
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SPINN spins us round and round with their surfy jangling indie rock on new single Who You Are, even giving us a taste of angular post-punk on the dreamy glistening gem. We get a whiff of DIIV and Wild Nothing on the bright and buoyant sparkler, whose softly gnarled guitars and elastic drums are accompanied by witty lyrics. 

“Who You Are is a love letter to all the posers of the world,” muses lead singer Jonny, “I think that everyone is a poser in their own way, like it or not at one point or another we’ve all pretended to be something were not.” Identity crises aside, I know myself well enough to know that I really love this new SPINN charmer. The Liverpudlian band is in the midst of a UK tour. They’ll be dropping a new EP on April 6th.

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 23, 2018

Floridian artist Yuno is breaking new ground with his music. He’s even signed to venerated indie label Sub Pop in the process, and he just dropped a new single on the imprint this week named No Going Back. Imagine if you paired The Drums’ surfy nostalgic pop with Electric Guest’s groovalicious tunes, then squeezed some Blood Orange on them and sprinkled in a hint of Black Kids’ indie rock. That’s what No Going Back sounds like. The saccharine track comes with a disarming self-directed music video, too. You can snag the song from Apple Music, here.

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.

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.

February 2, 2018

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This next one involves so many artists we love that it’ll probably take a moment for it all to sink in, as it did us. Los Angeles based musician Launder, aka John Cudlip, is preparing to release his first EP Pink Cloud this March. New single Fade is a dream of a collaboration involving Oakland’s Day Wave (Jackson Phillips) on production duty, as well as DIIV’s Zachary Cole Smith on guitars and French actress/musician Soko on vocals! Yep, like I said, let that sink in for a moment. Launder’s Fade is a swathe of nostalgic synths and sun-kissed guitar pop. Its hazy, gauzy post-punk and surf pop aura, notably very DIIV-like, is perfectly melted into Day Wave’s dreamy shimmering indie pop, while Soko lends wispy charming backup vocals to the track. You can purchase the track and pre-order Launder’s debut EP via Bandcamp, here.