French Cassettes – “Us Kids”

Gold Youth

Infusing the loose vibes of their San Francisco origins with a crisp indie-rock arsenal, French Cassettes sound capable of rising to the concisely popular art-rock spectrum, where artists like Phoenix and Local Natives have eclipsed obscurity. French Cassettes were formed in Ripon, CA in 2006, and moved to San Fran shortly thereafter, where they met their drummer and released their first EP, Summer Darling, in the summer of 2011. Their first full-length, Gold Youth, was just released, and contains infectious highlights like “Us Kids”. With a stomping bass fuzz coinciding with raucously youthful vocals, the track quickly establishes its contagious fervor, interrupted occasionally by wordless choruses that advance into very slick guitar-led conceptions. With efforts like “Us Kids” and the excitably crunchy “Spooky”, French Cassettes appear primed to ascend the heights of the art-rock scene, which has recently become the most accessible point for mainstream radio to access the independent music scene. French Cassettes are likely to benefit.


Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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  1. I find this band very exciting. Room to expand of course. Their live presence is something bands try a lifetime to perfect and to them it seems as they have been doing it for a life time. Check out Summer Darling (Drum mouth) also. They are a band on the cusp. Keep an eye on them.

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