Soaked is a band from Austin, Texas that looks like a freakin’ band. Look at the album cover for Don't Wanna Wake Up Today. Young, frivolous, drinking beer, bohemian and long hair. That aesthetic has been popular for decades and it's not going away. I’d also argue the general garage/surf rock sound these young guys play isn't going anywhere either. If you have even glazed the fringe of rock for the last couple years you will know bands like Ty Segall and Mikal Cronin have helped somewhat to resurrect garage rock. Did it ever go away? Before digital recording I would say a bit but now that almost anyone can record, every genre that was popular has a niche pool of artists who keep it alive.
Let's face it there are a copious bands out there following the footsteps of those aforementioned bands. Unfortunately most aren't in the same league. Soaked isn't one of those bands. The band has that spark, X-factor whatever you want to call it that makes the music stand out against a lot of the noise.
The songs are catchy; the band is really tight and I want to make something clear which is that this album properly utilizes lo-fi. They recorded in a proper studio, had it properly mastered but they get that distorted, raw vibe without it just sounding bad. There's a difference.
The band opens with the ultra poppy “Backseat Heat.” It’s a fun, fast paced song that works for multiple reasons but the vocals are undeniably at the center of the song. The album contains well-written songs that never overstay their welcome. “Don't Wanna Wake Up Today” comes in just over two minutes and works because of that.
The songs thematically revolve around concrete topics that feel more geared towards a younger generation. Just read the titles “Addicted to the Weekend,” “Don’t Wanna Wake Up Today” and “Oh So High.”
Don't Wanna Wake Up Today was a consistent album from beginning to end with no lulls. Soaked isn’t bringing much new to the table but the band understands the genre and style they are playing into. I wouldn't pass this one up.
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