After listening to the See Gulls' debut EP, I was lost for words when I tried to put the band's sound in a genre box. Saying it's rock and roll isn't enough these days because everyone loves ordering our chaotic world, and I'm no different. That's fine, I'd rather take a stab at describing the sound than comparing to another band. Often, that's disappointing for all. Tell me what you sound like, not who you sound like.
Anyway, after much thought, I came up with sinister surf pop, and it seems the band had the same thing in mind. When I checked out their Facebook page, the band described their sound as surfwitch. Perfect. And it's heavily on display on the band's lead track, 'You Can't See Me'. I was captivated by the unsettling guitar riffs, made more prominent by the hypnotic bass and drum work. Halloween night is in its DNA. Spooky and playful, stream it below.
Now, here's where I go off in another direction. On the band's Soundcloud page, they've uploaded an acoustic demo track that is, quite stunning even in its stark bittersweetness. And if you've been hanging around these pages, lo-fi confessionals are my favorite. Stripped of production gloss, they're honest and real. Stream it below.
The Durham North Carolina band opens for Aimless Skylarking favorite, Torres, Tuesday June 30th, and then they'll be on NPR's The State of Things on July 24th. See Gulls are Sarah Fuller, Maria Albani, Jacki Huntington, Leah Gibson, and Duncan Webster. Their debut EP, You Can’t See Me, is due July 14th.
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