Here's what I came up with:
- Beach House - So this one was a gimme since "beach" is in the name. The music itself is pretty far from sunny. It's more representative of a Pacific Northwest shoreline in the gloomy, wet winter months. Hazy at times but still ruggedly grand.
- Best Coast - These guys are a bit closer to the traditional idea of beach music. Catchy garage pop with short songs of young love and wasting time.
- Wavves - Merging blistering guitars, pop sounds, and even some electronic dabblings, Wavves tends to be a bit polarizing.
- Surfer Blood - If I were going to have a beach party, I'd want Surfer Blood on the bill. Hailing from West Palm Beach, they have some real beach cred with the guitar licks to prove it as the spirit of Dick Dale seems to infuse many of their songs.
- The Ruby Suns - Incorporating a ton of different sounds, this New Zealand band is hard to classify. At times, they can play free-spirited folk songs then be playing something experimental in the vein of Animal Collective on the next track.
- Sea Wolf - Besides having "sea" in the band name, Sea Wolf's hushed music fills the clichèd evening beach scene where everyone has congregated around a bonfire, wrapped in blankets, and some guy begins to strum an acoustic guitar. A little too sentimental at times? Probably, but hard to resist.
While we have albums of all these bands in our collection, feel free to check out this Spotify playlist for a few tracks from each. Spotify is a legal online streaming music service recently launched in the U.S. You need an account to access the playlist. If you don't have one already, request an invitation for a free account here.
Any other band names that would complete this picture? Flock of Seagulls maybe?