Thursday 13 September 2012

Nude Beach - Radio

Single review by KevW

A few years ago loads new bands were all animal based (Deerhunter, Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear, Animal Collective, Crocodiles and so on) but lately the seaside's the place we've been hearing from name-wise (Beach House, Best Coast, Beach Fossils, Surf City, Dirty Beaches) and Brooklyn trio Nude Beach obviously belong to the second list. Their album 'II' is available now and like many before them it draws on the long history of alternative guitar bands that stretches back fifty years. Their brand of fuzzed-out riffing and powerpop melodies may come across like a mash-up of The Gaslight Anthem and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and fit neatly into the current lo-fi scene, but like so many others, they share the same heroes that laid the stepping stones for them to reach where they are now.

Those icons of the late 50s and 60s who took rock 'n' roll to new dimensions. Bands like The Sonics, The Monks, The Velvet Underground and The 13th Floor Elevators. In that respect there can't be many honours higher than being asked to open for Elevators' frontman Roky Erickson on his US tour next month. You can bet your bottom dollar a few of their contemporaries are trying hard not to look too jealous. To mark the occasion they've posted this typically DIY video for ace new single 'Radio', a track is full off scuffed hooks and scratchy guitars. It's a belter of a tune and is suitably lively and contagious song that suggests Roky's fans, young and old, won't have anything to complain about while waiting for the big man to come on stage. They might not reach such legendary status but don't bet against new bands being excited about landing a warm-up slot for these guys before too long.

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