Friday, March 2, 2012

Get to Know: Sea Lions

To all the jangle pop fans that frequent these pages, I have an apology. It seems that I have been remiss in covering the debut LP from Oxnard's Sea Lions. The band released Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sea Lions But Were Afraid to Ask last fall on Slumberland Records, and I'm just mentioning it today. I'll give you a bit of background while you listen to this track from the album--

"I Should Be Sleeping"

Sea Lions were formed in 2007 by guitarist/vocalist Adrian Pillado. The remainder of the current line-up is Matthew Urango on guitar, Kyle Zufolo on bass, Katie Chavez on Tambourine, and Alex Forbes on drums. Apparently, in the early years the band experienced a bit of genre-hopping as Adrian worked out how he wanted to express himself musically. Where he has settled, and it is displayed to great effect on this album, is the C86 jangle sound. They do it well, and they do it sincerely. It is a sound of which I never tire, and the Sea Lions are a welcome and fresh addition to the stage. Look out for these guys, they are keepers.

To try more sounds from the band, here is a three-track album sampler from Slumberland Records:

Album page at Slumberland Records

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