As far as band names go, Los Angeles rockers/beach bums Blonde Summer couldn’t have chosen wiser. Those two very simple words perfectly prepare listeners for what’s to come: a blend of carefree surf rock that pays homage to the likes of Elliot Smith and Stephen Malkmus (even their subject matter, tunes about drinking Tecate and eating Choco-Tacos, is the definition of relaxed). Their recently-released sophomore EP Slow Daze builds on their West coast-centric M.O., celebrating, as the band describes it, “the vagabond meanderings of a post-collegiate life”, which means plenty of sun, loads of late-night partying, and endless waves of optimism.
For a taste of the sonic sunshine, take a listen to the EP track “Robots On Command”. Stuck somewhere between garage and punk, the song is dominated by the foursome’s booming, screech-like harmonies and a central guitar line that sounds like the bleeps and bloops of a rock and roll droid. The glue holding it all together is the band’s lighthearted worldview, causing the cut to overflow with an unassuming mass appeal.
Blonde Summer – “Robots On Command”
Slow Daze EP Tracklist:
01. Slow Days Fast Company
02. Robots On Command
03. Walking in Space