Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Casssette Review: Blood Beach "Blood Beach" (Spooky Town Tapes)

[$5 // Edition of 100 // https://spookytowntapes.bandcamp.com/album/blood-beach]

The sound of Blood Beach is a distinct one but as much as this has that garage pop sound to it, there are these sort of additional sounds that come out in the songs to give it that something extra and, well, you might not think it would work but it does.

One of the biggest influences and one of my best go-to  bands for this is High Pop, obviously, but there are also sounds that can come out as close to Hunx and His Punx, The Doors (At least in the near shouting of vocals) and somehow even something radio based by nature like Neon Trees.

Granted, mixed in with that sort of rock vibe that you can probably already hear in your head forming are synth lasers, frequency changes and, yes, even a little bit of the running synth line that reminds me of "Knight Rider".     This is also rather music heavy, which makes me think psychedelic for sure, and even though there are lyrics to these songs they seem greatly outweighed by the fact that the instruments aren't afraid to take control.

What I find most interesting about Blood Beach- and if someone was to ever do this I'd really like to hear it- is that you could probably take out these sort of electronic add-ins and still make a decent electronic cassette, yet also then you'd just have that garage pop rock sound left and that could stand alone just as well.

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