Keeps is a still relatively unknown psych-pop band nonetheless blazing a steady and increasingly rapid trail. The two-piece released their first EP, Rift, in the fall of 2013 to little fanfare. But since then they’ve been hard at work on their full-length debut, Brief Spirit, which will arrive via Old Flame in February.
They’ve released this first single, which also happens to be it’s opener, and it’s confident, loud, dreamy and more polished than expected. The vocals, perhaps the strongest reminder of the band’s Nashville origins, come clean and proud, no longer hidden beneath synths as on much of Rift. The song starts with a cassette-tape click, synths and a drum machine quickly sailing in from the ’80s. It’s the starry-eyed soundtrack to your teenage dream; it’s your fearless foot pressing on the gas as you finally leave your hometown behind; it’s a reminder of all the happiness yet to come.
Listen to I Don’t Mind here and catch them on tour through mid-October, dates below.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
09/29 – Houston, TX – Walter’s*
09/30 – Dallas, TX – Three Links*
10/02 – Nashville, TN – High Watt*
10/03 – Atlanta, GA – Aisle 5*
10/04 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle*
10/05 – Washington, DC – DC9*
10/06 – New York, NY – Studio at Webster Hall*
10/08 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s*
10/09 – Cambridge, MA – Middle East Upstairs*
10/10 – Toronto, ON – The Drake*
10/11 – Columbus, OH – Rumba Cafe*
10/17 – Newport, KY – Southgate House
* with Lighthouse And The Whaler