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Eureka California at Bearded Magazine

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Name: Eureka California
Location: Athens, Georgia, US
Genre: Punk, grunge
Similar Artists: PAWS, Dinosaur Jr.,
Contact: Bandcamp Facebook Website Tumblr Twitter
Events: The release of single Cobwebs on the Wind from upcoming album Versus

Eureka California, oddly enough hailing from Athens in Georgia not their namesake, have been pushing out sounds in their home country for a number of years now. But with this as their third release they’ve decided that the UK is primed for being infiltrated. They’ve dipped their toes in before. In the summer of 2015, and previously the band toured with Witching Waves as their support, so they’re pretty well embedded in the raw rock and punk side of things.

Being as the place of Eureka itself in just under 3,000 miles away from their hometown there’s a good chance that the music the band makes is, in some way, holding a torch for the California sound. It’s sunshine rock with shit speakers making distortion and noisey fuzz, filling all the gaps between your ears and the instruments. Bluntly, it’s happy energy bottled and delivered straight to you.

As a single ‘Cobwebs on the Wind’ continues this vibe. It’s got the youthful, sunshine image that is jigged across the entirety of the band’s Versus album. However, its subject matter is quite different to that as Jake from the band explains: “This song was written in the same 24-hour period as “I Will Write Mine Over Potomac” and “Everybody Had A Hard Year.” The original working title was “The Transported Man.” We still write the song as “Transported Man” on all of our setlists. The song is about death from a realist perspective.” The staccato strums and an effortlessly speedy vocal deliver “it’s always the same and it will never change” as a final parting shot for barely three minutes of blasted energy.

For drummer Marie, ‘Cobwebs on the Wind’ still holds a melancholy feel, “During the recording process a few things happened during this song that I had never tried before or gotten to work before, and it was really exciting to me to finally work them out. It is one of my favorite songs to play, but it made me really sad to listen to for a long time. Maybe having fun playing it makes it easier to deal with what the song is about.” When the remainder of the album is released at the end of March previous single ‘Sign My Name with an X’ will surely impress, but back burner album tracks ‘Another Song About TV’ and ‘Everybody Had A Hard Year’ make sure that Versus doesn’t blow its load early but pace itself over the course of 11 (albeit incredibly short) tracks. For fans of feel good bands that blast out a short, energetic, concise, no nonsense reel of punk songs where the solos consist of no more than two notes, Eureka California are here. For fans ofTokyo Police Club, just as much as Dinosaur Jr.

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Witching Waves at Bearded Magazine

Sometimes deadpan Sonic Youth, sometimes Veronica Falls trading vocals and sometimes screaming like the Pixies, Witching Wavessecond album conjures a meaner beast from the darkness for the London trio.

The main thrust of Crystal Café is the overriding disdain for life and their surroundings. There’s not just a mild sense of peril in the words “Why can’t everything be the same? It’s so much worse when you make an aim” or sigh of disappointment in “3, 2, 1 I’m back to square one” from the track ‘Make It Up’ it’s an actual boredom at how crap Witching Waves see life as. There’s no expectation from them and all of that is poured into this music and mixed in with whatever will to make an effort they have left. The result is an album delivered through gritted teeth with guitars that give more cut than their fuzzed sound would usually allow.

But this doesn’t seem to be an album all about being miserable and having a crap time of it – that would be dull. It also moves with a decent pace and jigs around with menace. Lead singer Emma Wigham’s vocals exist upon two planes. She’s either deadpan and subdued or leading a procession of staring, nodding crowds forwards. Something as simple as repeatedly chanting, “I try” in ‘The Threat’ is effective in setting a chugging pace, alongside roughly struck DIY guitars, to create additional live atmosphere for this album.

Waiting for the end of the album is worth it with ‘The Flowers’ finishing with its deadpan and deep guitars. It highlights the deeper duskiness to both the vocals and guitar. This mirrors a Wolf Alice or, again, a Sonic Youth song. It shows that while Witching Waves do pump out the pessimism at a pace, they can also sit in their emotions and wallow.

This latest effort the band is a chance to spread their popularity out wider. While first album Fear of Falling Down, possibly didn’t garner them the recognition it deserved whereas Crystal Café, alongside continued touring in the US and UK, should boost their chances. A lot like witnessing an argument in a darkened room between Sonic Youth and The Pixies, this is an album that wears its discontent of society on its sleeve – Crystal Café is the sneer at the ridiculousness of a tiny biscotti on the side of your coffee.

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Frog at Bearded Magazine

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