NO SIDE: Self-titled: CS single

Imagine the feeling you get as you walk to the car after spending a day at the beach. You’re a little sunburnt, and Orange County’s No Side cassette is playing as you’re shaking sand out of your shoes, feeling the warmth of the sun disappearing at sunset. No Side’s sound is tough to describe, as it is layered in dimensions. The band mixes melodic guitar riffs, clean supporting drums, and deep rhythmic bass that work synergistically to produce a ‘90s sound with a hint of angst and nod to Southern California surf—like mixing a tinge of early Smashing Pumpkins and No Age, with a heavy saturation of Dinosaur Jr. The limited run of cassettes was recorded and mixed by Media Jeweler/Half Goon OC recording engineer Colin Knight (who has also recorded Bellhaunts and YAAWN). Trabajo Press’s Felipe Flores designed the matte O-card sleeve, with artwork showcasing a based-on-a-true-story Peanuts-style drawing. The image depicts bassist Erik Varho and lead guitarist and vocalist Andy Paniagua wheeling dizzy-eyed drummer Jessica Gonzales through Knott’s Berry Farm during a cheerleading convention occurring in the middle of the park. For claiming to have no side, No Side’s first release is multidimensional. –Cynthia Pinedo (Self-released, nosideno.bandcamp.com)