Beach pop forever, right? It's kind of weird that this record is called 'Gloom', considering Kid Wave's emotive guitar tones, slick bass and wide-eyed melodies. These songs have the feel of despondent garage rock, but remind of acts like Best Coast and Beach House, giving off waves of that summery, nostalgic sound that used to rule our lives back in 2009. Ah, to go back to then, when we were all remembering being young.
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By gawwwd Heavenly aren’t half pumping out the records this year. From the sublime (Temples), to the interesting King Gizzard to the ridiculous (The Voyeurs). They seem to be throwing a bunch of stuff against the wall in the hope that some of it might stick. A kind of retro- mid ‘90s method of running a record company. Kid Wave are the latest upstarts and this generous 4 song 7” EP is their debut.
The songs also seemingly date from the mid ‘90’s, a crunchy, fuzzy take on indie that is more Echobelly than Breeders despite having a lot of guitars cutting away enthusiastically. Plenty of post-grunge bratty thrashing going on and I can hear the remnants of Hole particularly in the strum-a-long ‘Young Blood’. ‘Gloom’ sums them up - early 90’s common or garden guitar pop with cool "attitood" ridden vocals and indie dance-floor guitar hooks. ‘Brimstone’ has a more of a Suicide vibe to it with buzzsaw guitars churning away but otherwise its all t-shirts worn over longsleeve tops - like a brashier Alvvays without the killer tunes.
Obviously aimed at either a) people half my age or b) people my age who want to listen to the exact same music they listened to in the ‘90’s. Still, I can see them getting a few decent support slots with this.
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