Who: Beach Skulls
Why We Care: Surf-Rock has been done to death. The handful of decent bands who make music under its umbrella tend to rely more on its imagery and ethos than its conventions. Beach Skulls are a prime example. While ‘Meet Me At The Beach House’, their most recent track, draws on Beach Boys melodies it is equally indebted to Vampire Weekend and doo-wop. ‘Clear Blue Skies’, conversely, is about as far from the Beach Boys as you can get while wearing Hawaiian shirts. Its dark and lugubrious, drawing on guitar led lethargy, drum machine beats and murmered vocals, “Surf-Rock” it isn’t.
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