One of the many things we enjoy about the arrival of an exciting new band, especially one with guitars, is the inevitable rush to compare them to that which has gone before. It is standard fare for bloggers and critics to identify ‘bands that this band sounds a bit like’ and / or ‘bands who share the same influences as this band’. It’s pretty easy to do and gives listeners a reference point or three to help them decide if a new band is going to be their cup of tea or not (it’s also a pretty good way of filling paragraphs).
Take new London five-piece Saltwater Sun for example. They’ve already been likened to Best Coast, Alvvays, Honeyblood, Wye Oak, The Strokes and Karen O, which is not bad considering they only burst onto the scene yesterday. Never ones to shy away from overused journalistic tropes and clichés we thought we’d add another act into the comparison mix.
They sound a bit like a sun-drenched Vuvuvultures. Less in love with the digital granted, but there is a similarity in the rich layers of sound, the feeling of otherworldliness and its punchiness and vibrancy. Given how we felt about the VVV clan, you know this can only be a good thing, and it is.
The guitar on “Habit On My Mind” is heat haze woozy as the bassline rumbles into view on the horizon. It’s a beaten up and fashionably distressed pick-up truck of indie pop laden with beer, BBQ and band in the back. It’s good times and a great debut. More please (and not just so we can think of other bands to compare them to, honest).