I think it was Nietzsche that once said “The guitar is so dead.Â Electronic music is the future.” Â California X have offered a rebuttal to that sentiment in the form of a long player deluged in soundscapes of the rock variety. Â Turning the knobs in the studio is Justin Pizzoferrato (master engineer behind recent work from Thurston Moore and Sonic Youth, J. Mascis and Dinosaur Jr, Witch, Heavy Blanket,Â Speedy Ortiz, and many more)Â so you can rest assured that your thirst for the electric axe will be quenched.
California X deliver a solid metal crunch, but their bread and butter is the power pop riff. Â There’s a strong 90s vibe hiding in the layers of the title track,Â a bit Weezer, a bit Dino Jr., a bit of all that good stuff that never gets old. Â Fans of last year’s release from Dumb Numbers will love this immediately. Â Check out the single below, and viva la guitarra.
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Two years after their self-titled debut on Don Giovanni Records, California X delivers Nights in the Dark, once again bearing the imprint of sound engineer Justin Pizzoferrato (Dinosaur Jr, Speedy Ortiz). The guitar-drenched sound of their debut finds solace in a heavy, lush, and melodic home with the addition of Zack Brower on guitar and Cole Lanier on drums. Amongst songs furnished with prominent guitar leads and power pop hooks, California X offers a moodier, more textured, but instinctively catchy experience. Nights shows off a musical and lyrical maturity for the band, exploring ideas of darkness and longing. California X draws on influences from 70s rock to 90s alternative, but applies this pallet with intention. The product is a distinctive record, maneuvering seamlessly from fuzzed-out rock to conceptual ballad. An introspective vision is confronted by distance over the course of California Xâ€™s new release, shifting their gaze from Hadley, MA, their home, to the firmament. â€‹
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