After dominating our spring with an onslaught of sun-saturated and endlessly catchy tunes, Splashh made us wait all through the summer before finally dropping some new material. The sun may not be out in full force anymore, but it hardly matters if Splashh keeps dropping music like this. ’Vacation’ is a song that demonstrates Splashh as a proper four piece. Throughout the composition, Splashh create some great instrumental interplay between the dynamic bass lines and guitar with plenty of guitar solos scattered throughout the mix. Lo-fi and fuzz-rock are often criticized for being overly simplistic and straight forward and ‘Vacation’ provides a strong case against that assumption by demonstrating a group that is dripping with songwriting inspiration and a knack for creating great hooks. I haven’t heard a bad song from them yet so I’m excited to see how the continue to develop going into 2013.
Splashh (not to be confused with Splash) continue their dominance of the UK lo-fi scene with their latest track ‘Need It’. Like all their other great tracks, ‘Need It’ is able to perfectly blend synth-pop elements with the fuzzed-out, lo-fi rock that the band is so naturally talented at crafting. People can criticize the lo-fi scene as shallow and repetitive, but bands like Splashh are breathing new life into the genre with their surprisingly thoughtful and well put together songs.
Royal Headache is one of the more notable lo-fi bands to rise up in the past few months with some killer Guided By Voices inspired singles. Apparently Pitchfork has also taken notice of the Australian group having just premiered their video for ‘Girls’. The video is everything we’d hope and expect from a group like Royal Headache with plenty of grainy shots of the guys having a good time…. (kinda like this and this). It’s hard not to imagine how much fun it would be to tour with these guys.
Of all the amazing lo-fi bands sprouting up in the UK right now, Splashh may just be my favorite. If their track ‘Headspins’ didn’t already convince you, ‘All I Wanna Do’ is another sun-soaked slice of lo-fi punk with plenty of pop thrown in that should convert anyone to the Splashh fan club. Regardless of what you think of the video (with the band do their best Strokes impression), Splashh writes great jams that send fuzzy sonic waves to our musical pleasure sensors. Just try to resist not humming along with the chorus.
I wouldn’t expect any other kind of music from a band called Splashh. Just like fellow aquatic-referencing and consonant-doubling Wavves, Splashh make distorted and sun-saturated garage rock jams. ’Headspins’ is their latest breezy tune and it’s packed with enough quality riffs and ‘ooo’ing vocals to win anyone over. Splashh is another example of the boominglo-fiscene in the UK that is killing it right now with great tracks and catchy hooks. Listen to more Splashh and ‘Headspins’ below…