While ’90s bands like the Mummies and Supercharger mastered the garage punk aesthetic characterized by slurred lyrics and sloppy blues scale solos, the Rantouls have opted for a more jingle-pop-oriented sound, replete with vocal harmonies and Mersey beat rhythms. “Any band today who does ’60s stuff – it just pales in comparison to real ’60s groups,” Rantouls singer-guitarist Gavin May says. “We’re trying to be a teenage garage band even though we’re adults.” – SF Gate
New Faultlines’ members have been around – they have or currently performed with bands such as Nobunny, Fronds, Useless Eaters, and more. The band’s music is focused on the melody, with strong pop influences leading the way and hints of surf, punk, and maybe a little ’80s radio country sprinkled in. – The Bay Bridged
Yes ODD HOPE’s debut LP is finally here bringing an immersive set of anglophile jangle & Midwest gloom. Primarily the work of Oakland’s Tim TInderholt, here aided & abetted by the post punk-ish Edmund Xavier of Horrid Red/Der TPK, this record will feed a Twin Tone/Glass Records mid-80s fix. There’s something incredibly catchy & vaguely ominous about Tim’s songs that is totally now, & crucial.