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Tape Heads – Animals Video Review

March 29, 2018

If this song and video have one huge influence, it is definitely found in the beachside neighborhoods of San Diego. The party-ready riffs of this indie-rock-meets-60’s-surf vibe are fueled by the imagery of Ocean Beach in San Diego and all of the piers and flip-flops that come with it. It’s clear that the members of Tape Heads have pride in their turf and they have fun with it. The video takes you on a walk through the neighborhood and gives you an idea of a probable Tape Heads practice space. The energy of the band comes across very clearly and entices you to bob your head along.

The song itself also sounds like what might be on the playlist of a twenty-something beachgoer to pregame before a night of bar-hopping or even on the way to soak up the sun. The guitar melody is really what stands out for me in this particular song, as I can really get a gist of the influences that might have helped this band come together. I can only assume that Tape Heads probably jammed a lot of reggae-infused rock, old 60’s surf rock, and proto-punk growing up. If that sounds up your alley, check out more of their stuff on their website.

– Ari

Music Video Review

Stray Monroe – Hold the Line Video Review

March 16, 2018

 

Southern California pop-rockers Stray Monroe released their newest music video on March 2 for the single “Hold the Line”. The video itself follows a quirky, surprise-ending type of plot line that gives for an enjoyable watch for the three-minute duration and it features all three band members as part of a hit woman’s list. The video concludes with a twist involving a house show played by the band itself. The neighborhood of North Park in San Diego is heavily displayed as well. Overall, the vibe of the song fits with the music video very well and the ‘hit list’ theme is never portrayed as too dark or heavy to outweigh the melody and lyrical content, so I think it flows well.

Stray Monroe is beginning to come into their sound, an indie pop genre heavily influenced by the britpop of the 90’s that features bands like Blur and Supergrass. If you are a fan of bands like The Kooks, Rooney, or The Fratellis, check out Stray Monroe. Their upbeat sound and feel-good energy is sure to get stuck in your head once or twice, and the vocals perform almost as if they are another instrument within the song.

If you like what you saw and heard, come out to the release party for Stray Monroe’s EP, Momentary Vertigo on Friday, March 23 at 710 Beach Club. The show starts and 9:00 p.m. and tickets are available by following this link. Thanks for reading!

– Ari