Monday, August 29, 2016

Big Wave Riders - Endless Summer

Finland's Big Wave Riders ride a big wave of dense, melodic sound.  Rumbling bass, sinuous guitar lines, chunky riffs and cavernous percussion create a sound that is made for big arenas or the outdoor stage under starry skies.  After a couple of quiet years on the recording front, the band is back with Endless Summer, a stellar step forward from their good 2012 debut album and preceding EP.  The melodies and hooks soar high, enabled by a seriously tough rhythm section that, to my ears, echoes the fat baggy beats of Ye Old Manchester.  With the guitars augmented by a layer of synths, the ten songs range from dreampop to surf rock to dance rock to shoegaze without an unworthy track.  Moreover, I struggled to choose favorite tracks because it all sounds so very good.

I was thrilled when I learned that Big Wave Riders were delivering a new album, and I expected it to be good.  What I didn't expect is that the boys would vastly exceed my expectations.  Endless Summer is the perfect way to extend the season well into the Autumn chill.

Big Wave Riders are Teppo (guitars/vocals), Aleksi (bass/backing vocals), Anssi (guitar/backing vocals), and Pete (drums).  Endless Summer is out now via Helsinki's Soliti Music.  Check the Bandcamp link below or your preferred digital provider.

Bandcamp for Endless Summer
Soliti Music's page for Big Wave Riders

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