Dec 06, 2019

YES, YES, YES. As soon as I heard the first strums of the intro to song one, “Soft Sci-Fi,” I was in love. Santa Barbara, Calif. is home for part of this band, and my hometown as well (they also list Corvallis, Ore. as home). I didn’t know they were from there when I listened to this, so I promise I’m not being biased when I say that this album is so good. It’s heartfelt melodic indie punk that I know I will be playing on repeat this Fall season. The tempos are perfect and hit that late summer/early autumn emotion, while the lyrics are earnest, sincere, heavy, and relatable. The flow from start to finish is consistent, and vocalist/guitarist Indiana’s voice is dynamic and engaging. I really love that the LP is pressed on the most gorgeous shade of Coke bottle clear that reminds me of the sea foam waves back home that Santa Barbara is known for, and in small world fashion, the album photo was taken by my friend Josh. Again, I swear I’m not being biased, but this album is the best I’ve heard in a while. –Cynthia Pinedo (Salinas / Secret Pennies)