Sundelles – Dead Youth’ b/w ‘Waiting’ 7″ Sundelles – Dead Youth’ b/w ‘Waiting’ 7″

Sundelles - Dead Youth' b/w 'Waiting' 7"

Sundelles - Dead Youth' b/w 'Waiting' 7"

Garage rock served as a midway point between Surf Rock and the budding psychedelic sounds in the American 1960’s. Noisy rambunctious and raw, Garage’s sound hearkened back to the energy heard in the golden days of Rock and Roll without the burden of studio polishing. This was the music of youth which glistened with sweat and chewed concrete. The Garage scene would go on to influence other important movements including the swirling days of Psych-Rock and the foundations of Punk Rock.  Garage would be recognized with its first revival during the mid 1980’s with many great bands including the Mummies and the Gories. Many people, however, know Garage from its early 2000’s incarnation with The Strokes, The Hives and the Vines.  From a revivalist standpoint, the group of bands could be congratulated on their admirable attempt in recreating the style and sound of mid 60‘s Rock and Roll. Many people,  including the media, dubbed these bands as the “Saviors Of Rock and Roll.” In hindsight, these bands did nothing to save rock music; and if they did some may argue whether or not it needed saving in the first place. Rock music, or whatever one may call it, continued on its evolutionary path.

Today, artists who use the Garage sound have more of a sober and level headed approach to the genre. There is something charming about abandoning any sense of posturing. There is ease and a relaxed attitude about the future of music. Sundelles is a trio based out of Brooklyn who have made it a point to show they have little interest in saving Rock and Roll. The “Dead Youth” 7 inch is the only physical release from the band apart from a couple of music videos, and even its album art gives little indication of thesis or manifesto.  Sundelles’ music takes more from pre-70’s popular music than most garage revivalists and does so with a sense of carefree playfulness. The ghosts of Velvet Underground, Trashmen and Kingsmen are brought out and spun like pinwheels. Whatever Sundelles lacks in grandstanding, they make up for with a recognizable sound and an abundance of lazy energy.

“Dead Youth” instantly jumps off of the record as a whirling one direction carousel of noise and reverb. Everything, including the rumored guitar solo, blurs to the periphery.  The song glistens with sweat and smiles. “Waiting” on the b-side is as, if not more, accomplished as its vinyl brethren. Taking its template from 40’s Doo Wop, the song swings and sways in dizzying proportions. Waiting makes the listener fill with joy and perhaps push them to break things of moderate value.. The redeeming quality about both songs is the lack of fidelity. The drums on both songs pop out of the mix as if being pressed against a stone wall. The vocals feel as if they were screamed over the excitement of a 1950’s fraternity party. The Lo-Fi quality of this record gives it a sense of costume that some of the other Garage revival lacks.  Mimicking the intentional and sometimes accidental production of the mid 60’s is a wonderful effect (whether intentional or accidental). Sundelles has all the parts in the right place to make a drop dead gorgeous record. Their nonchalance and no-style sets them up for whatever may come in the future .

It is sometimes disastrous to think of music in terms of seasonal experience. Waiting for the perfect summer Fall or Spring record can lead to many missed achievements and blundered opportunities. While I have no intention of claiming a “summer record,“ if I were too, this 7 inch would be first pick to be the anthem of hazy careless days and warm endless nights.

Sundelles - Dead Youth' b/w 'Waiting' 7", reviewed by Kaptain Carbon on 2010-06-01T03:32:00-07:00 rating 3.8 out of 5

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