Fans of Superchunk and Tokyo Police Club will find lots to like about Southport, NC’s Family Bike, who have their debut full-length due out later this month. I’ve heard the album, and it’s a varied blast of indie-rock greatness – attaching big hooks to an emotionally-tinged Saddle Creek-esque vocal delivery before propelling through every nook-and-cranny of its 90s fuzz influences.
“Idiot Boy” – embedded above – features an addictive riff and slight keyboard-flourishes (blink and you’ll miss ’em!) making the tune one of the album’s most immediate moments of power-pop delightfulness. You’ll definitely want to keep an eye on this record when it drops – it’s a fun one, and the burnt-out texture of the record will suit the summer months perfectly. I’ll let the press release do the rest of the talkin’ for me, now:
“Built on the foundation of lifelong friends and a decade of creative collaboration, Family Bike is a musical kinship. This energetic and inventive indie-pop duo features, drummer, Taylor Haag as well as multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Karl Kuehn, also of Museum Mouth.
Everything You Own Is Anagrammed is an inventive record that exhibits a musical friendship coming-of-age in the 21st century, and, as is the case with a family bike, you can’t do it all on your own, sometimes we can all use a little help.”