Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Eureka California - Versus
You might think that a band called Eureka California is from California. You would be wrong. The band is a duo comprised of Jake Ward (vocals/guitar) and Marie Uhler (drums), and they are based in Athens, Georgia. Of course, the location really doesn't matter. What matters is that when is comes to punk pop and '90s influenced noise pop, this band delivers the goods on their new third album, Versus. At times they sound like a fierce four-piece garage band, which certainly is a tribute to Jake's guitar. But it also is a tribute to Marie, whose drumming more than holds its own against the shredding. And when they dial it back and get slow, reflective and acoustic they are just as adept as when they are making four-piece level rock.
Eureka California has always been a good band, but on Versus they have perfected their stripped-down brand of pop punk into a very impressive guitar/drum triumph that may become a permanent resident on your daily playlist. A few streams are provided below, and you can listen to the entire album at the Bandcamp link. Trust me, you'll like it.
Versus was released on March 25 via HHBTM Records, and is available in CD, vinyl, and digital formats.