Go Suburban – “WWDK” + “Somewhere Somehow”

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Go Suburban is a promising alt-rock act from Provo, UT, primarily a family endeavor that consists of Brian and Dave Swanson, Jonas Swanson (Brian’s 15 year old son), and high school friend Nick Park. The closely connected members show audible chemistry throughout new tracks “Somewhere Somehow” and “WWDK”. They’re both off the group’s new album WWDK, written and recorded from June 2015 – Jan 2016 and released on April 15th 2016 at Velour Live Music Gallery in Provo. “Self engineered and produced, this album stole the better part of a year of our lives to create,” the group explains. “While not intended to be a concept album, much of this record does center around common themes concerning the struggle and purpose of life, learning, and growing up. We hope everyone who listens can feel the spirit, emotion, and energy put into this record. The very fact that it now exists as an entity in the world is the source of immense satisfaction to us as its creators.”

The album’s self-titled cut builds in gradually on swelling guitar distortion and a clangy key-like resonance, the 15-year-old Swanson already showing himself well beyond his years on guitar. The vocals pack a quivering emotion, comparable to Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste (and a bit of Win Butler as well), as the guitars come in and out against the constant percussion. The effervescent electronic effect around 01:30 really helps to elevate the track’s core hook, showing a solidly produced and highly melodic effort with vibes reminiscent of Grizzly Bear and The Antlers. Another quality album track, “Somewhere Somehow” starts much more slower-paced, a tranquil organ and percussive pit-pattering kicking things off. Twangy guitars help evolve this one, culminating in some truly gorgeous moments in the final one-third, particularly with the brass additions. Very impressive two tracks.

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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