COUCHES “Slackin’ Since The 80s” 12″ EP
That’s right, fun: a trait sorely missed in much of the indie landscape. Stripping away all musical pretense, this Bay Area based three-piece has an unabashedly straightforward, joyful approach, where a super tight rhythm section and catchy guitar hooks blasted through a Big Muff pedal are all the band needs to melt some minds and bob some heads. You’ll find them doing just that any given night across the US.
“This album is so good. ‘Train of Thought’ sounds like a Light Up Gold bonus track and “Don’t Slay the Dreamers” is achingly pretty.” – Canvasback Music
“Sweater Weather has updated, perfected and gilded intertwining, riff/metallic-punctuated underground instrumental music — post-rock to math-metal and beyond — and made it more human than any band has since this stuff was invented in the ‘80s. These songs are flat-out beautiful. I am recommending Sweater Weather harder than I have recommended an album in ages… my #1 album of 2014.” -Andrew Earles, Still Single
Catchy hooks with nice comfortable melodies, their debut single “California” talks about the life and times of living in a corrupt country where you’re practically told how to think and how to live your life, even in the amazing state of California.
A soaring, hazily sky-written shoegaze melody that seamlessly morphs into a blitz of post-punk percussion, and finishes with a Sonic Youth-esque freakout.
Dreamy, folk-tinged indie rock for the good, the bad, and the ugly.
“Mission-based indie rock band Upstairs Downstairs juxtaposes dark, atmospheric lyrics with lush folk-pop melodies, crafting the perfect soundtrack for foggy, rainy days in the city.” -Local Frequency music blog on Sfweekly.com