This issue of Letters From Bandcamp is like eating an ice cream cone during a heatwave and driving a low-rider cherry red convertible down the Sunset Strip in slow motion while the cool, palm-tree breeze flows through your unbrushed hair. It’s sweaty and a little knotted, but altogether these five bands present the carefree summer roadtrip soundtrack you’ve been waiting for.
This is not the Seattle post-grunge band from the ’90s, this is the Chicago-based Gnar Tapes affiliate with a penchant for candy metaphors and girls. They’re on tour with our faves the Memories right now.
Rockabilly drunk surfer swag from Oakland, CA. ‘Nuff said.
What do you do in San Diego, CA, without a goofball sense of humor (check the EP name) and a guitar? I think the best way to get to know GROMS is by reading their latest Facebook post: “Shoutout to the guy who broke his ankle at our show then bought a shirt.”
Bestie probably likes Vampire Weekend, and you probably do too. So here’re some more joyous, Afrobeat-borrowing pop grins.
Who knew three kids from Vancouver could make scuzz-slimed garage-punk straight outta Ty Segall’s Bay Area? Now you know.