Peter Sagar, former guitarist for Mac Demarco, is the front man and founder of synth-funk band Homeshake. Sagar has recently released his third album, Fresh Air, with Homeshake which has taken his mild electro-pop tunes down a melancholic and borderline dreary path.
Homeshake’s firs album, In The Shower, has a very unique and groovy sound that put them on the map. This album contains many out of the ordinary songs with a sway-back-and-forth feel. Homeshake solidifies their lazy sound in their sophomore album, Midnight Snack. This album takes their lazy sound to a more developed indie-synth level that makes the band stand out from the crowd.
Fresh Air takes the band in a dramatically electronic direction, turning its back on its original lazy indie-rock sound. This album sounds like it was made entirely on an old thrift store synth and drum machine with Sagar’s soothing, jazzy guitar humming through the background. Sagar has a superpower for combining indie-rock and chillwave and putting a shiny bow on top. Indie-rock turned to lo-fi R&B in Fresh Air which is in fact a breath of fresh air for the band considering they could have easily stuck to what has worked for them in the past and fallen into a dreaded musical rut. Homeshake continues to change up their style and stay on top of the indie scene.
Fresh Air is linked below if you would like to give it a listen, thank you for reading and listening!
As you may have noticed, my last blog post wasn’t much of a blog post at all. I recorded a podcast with a special guest who happens to be my best friend, Courtney Coston.
Courtney and I were concerned that it would be very uncomfortable to record ourselves talking and that we would be laughing the whole time. While we did have a few laughing takes that I would later cut out, we found it pretty easy to talk about live music for so long because we do love it.
Recording the podcast was very easy and fun. It just felt like talking to a friend about a shared interest because that is all it was! Courtney and I found it easy to discuss our shared experiences at festivals and concerts while also sharing some individual experiences. We did have an outline that we tried to stick to in hopes of keeping the podcast on track, however we did veer from it a few times. I think this only helped the authenticity of our recording.
Editing the podcast was where things got interesting. I edited my podcast on garage band and it was exciting to figure out how to cut parts, add music and edit out our coughs or laughs. Luckily my professor shared a video with us that showed us how to use garage band or else I would have never figured it out!
While I did have a good time with this podcast, I think it will be my first and last.
The Growlers seem to encompass their sunny and warm stomping grounds of Orange County California perfectly in their beachy, garage rock tunes. Front man, Brooks Nielsen gives the band its nostalgic feel with his haunting vocals that are reminiscent of so many bands in the ’60s such as The Byrds and The Smiths. The self-described “beach goth” band members are; Matt Taylor on lead guitar, Anthony Braun Perry on bass, Scott Montoya on drums, and Kyle Straka on the keyboard and guitar.
Although The Growlers music has a psychedelic ’60s hippie feeling, the band members put on a much more intense live show. In one interview, Brooks Nielsen tells stories of the band being pulled off stage by security guards, waking up with new tattoos, and being kicked out of venues they were hired to perform at. Despite their chill music the band members have a reputation for dressing in costume, taking drugs, and partying like true rock stars.
With their broad and hard to pin down genre, The Growlers can appeal to almost any music fan who is open to them. Each album is different from the last while still carrying the unique beach-grunge-indie-rock sound of the band in every song. If you would like to give The Growlers a spin, I have linked some of their top songs below.