DOWNLOAD: The Sundelles – Kiss The Coast
Photo: Jane Houle
It’s been a rough winter everywhere—come to think of it, spring hasn’t been so great either (“April is the cruelest month” or whatever)—but it finally feels like we’re emerging from the cold chill. “Kiss the Coast” by The Sundelles is a great song to celebrate the first really nice day of the year. There’s a number of influences at work here—Brian Wilson vocals, a “Be My Baby” drumbeat, wall of sound reverb, a few bubblegum pop “ooos” and “ahhs.” The band isn’t exactly breaking any new ground, but they take what could be a stale formula and make it sound fresh, if nothing else than from energy and sincerity. When frontman Sam Sundos sings, “Just wanna go home/wanna kiss the coast,” he says it like he means it. The sentiment’s loneliness is made even sadder by the bright, surf rock music playing paradoxically beneath the words. It’s nostalgic but hopeful and sounds the way a sunny day after a long winter feels.