In a bid to outdo their previous moniker the Bees and make it something even more inconsequential this Isle of Wight collective have now renamed themselves 77:78. Remember it if you dare. The Bees were always great and this promises to be too with influences ranging from 'Smiley Smile' era Beach Boys to King Tubby to Syd Barrett.
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Summer. Hot isn't it?
The Bees were always a great summer band. Possibly because they come from the Isle of Wight and I assume it's warm there. Anyway some former members of that band have regrouped as the bizarrely monikered 77:78, a name it's going to be hard to remember at the best of times but with the sun beating down? No chance. And there was me thinking this might be weirder and more out there than the Bees. It's not. It's a full on pop experience. They have a sunny day, festival friendly sound mixing indie/psych and 60s influenced retro pop into an intoxicating brew ideal for barbeques, cook outs and general running through sprinklers.
It's not all that far away from the Bees if truth be told. It has the same laid back vibes to it and commercially aimed hazy melodies. If stuck think of them as Super Furry Animals on the beach. Yet on certain tracks there's a hint of Syd Barrett's oddball melodies but as we all know Syd never went out into the sun until his later years. The best example of how they mix all this up is 'Papers' a seemingly idiosyncratic Syd-ish lilt which bursts and flowers into a lovely harmonic chorus. Very Good.
I'm taking this record outside.
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