Fix It Up 7''
Rating: 7 grandma spas out of 10
There are so many goddamn "Beach" bands right now that I actually downloaded this Beachtape single, along with a bunch of other "Beach" bands, just for shits and giggles and possibly to make fun of the whole lot of them. The thing is, this pair of songs is pretty damn good and I can find nothing snarky to say about it. The band is from the British beach town of Brighton, so maybe that "beach" name makes sense after all. The music also has a sunny, summer vibe to it, leading further credence to the "beach" name... even if the sun hasn't actually shown on a British beach since at least the late nineties. This reminds me a bit of early Teenage Fanclub with breathier vocals, and maybe a tinge of Weezer ("Blue Album" era) - specifically on the b-side "Figure It Out." Maybe the best touchstone would be the long lost 764-Hero, but I'm not sure enough folks remember or were ever aware of them to get the reference. I look forward to a full-length from these kids to see if they can replicate the high quality of these two tracks.