S.B.F.: S/T 7"

S.B.F.: S/T 7"


Tags: · 10s · new wave · punk · recommended · weird
Regular price
$6.00
Sale price
$6.00

We are pretty excited to release the debut 7" from S.B.F., soon as we hear their demo we were hooked. Originally release on cassette on Abnormal Broadcasting, mastered by Daniel Husayn at North London Bomb Factory for vinyl and it sound KILLER.

S.B.F. is a project made up by two Californian dudes that you’ve probably already heard of at one point or another, assuming that you’ve been keeping a close eye on my channel over these past few months: these two dudes are Cruz Somers—the guy behind L.A.’s Socialites (including the project’s live outfit, which features Raymond on guitar, his eponymously-named solo-projects (notably “UV-B” and “Beneath My Blood”.

S.B.F. seems like a delightfully-eccentric halfway point between Cruz’s “UV-B” and Raymond’s “Race Car”, with the two sharing a similar light-hearted sense of melodiousness and techy-influence when it comes to the blatant drum machine usage, while doing without some of the gloomier aspects of UV-B’s musicianship.

Not-surprisingly enough, the merger between Cruz’s vicariousness and Raymond’s succulent twang (I feel REALLY dirty saying that) makes for an utterly-infectious collection of quirky melodies, being further accentuated by the dissonance brought forth by their dual-guitar set-up
@JIMMY


Our take: If you're into the kind of stuff that labels like Lumpy and Neck Chop have been putting out over the past couple of years, this EP by California's S.B.F. should be at or near the top of your list of stuff to buy this month. Featuring members of Socialites and Racecar (whose demo we fawned over a couple of months ago), S.B.F. take the eclectic and occasionally whimsical quality of home-recording projects like the aforementioned bands (as well as similar projects like Janitor Scum or Natural Man and Miss Lady), but infuse it with a very Ramones-influenced, streamlined punk rock quality. What comes out is something very much like the Spits with a drum machine instead of a live drummer, and indeed this recording has a lot of the same things I really love about the Spits, namely the frantic rhythms, killer guitar riffs and the big, melodic vocal hooks. The songwriting is extremely tight and focused, and all four that they deliver here are total bangers. Highly recommended.