Amber Craske (bass), Trent Price (vocals/guitar) and Andrew Jackson (drums) are Tetsuians. The band formed in 2015 and recently released their self-titled album Tetsuians. Their music is an amalgamation of styles like indie rock, surf and garage rock. They pull it off quite well and it seemed to me that the music would translate really well live.
They kick off the album with “Perspex Abbatior” which sounds a bit like a song you might hear in a Quentin Tarantino movie. There is a hint of spaghetti western and surf rock that meld into one catchy song. On top of that there is a little danger in the music. Great opener.
They continue with “Who Won The Cold War” which is another thematic song in some sense. It has a bit of this suspense to it as is you are watching a thriller or a James Bond movie. “Blue or Blackballed” mixes the style and aesthetics of bands as far ranging as The Shins and The Doors.
“Jellyfish Matador” is a quick one that is in and out in under two minutes while “Twilight Zone” felt like one of the more emotionally resonant songs with heartfelt singing. The band has some more success with implementing a bit of spaghetti western and surf rock on “Fistful of Coupons.” “Disturbing the Universe” is a dreamy and atmospheric song where the guitar rings out and drums support the foundation from crumbling.
They bring up the energy with “Chump Change” and “Strip Club” which is a highlight and name drops plenty of influential musicians. I love that Jarvis Cocker got a mention. They close with “Sunlight Ray” which is a reverb laced song almost going into shoe gaze territory.
This album was an easy listen in that it was never heady or cerebral. It really came off as an unpretentious band playing fun and infectious music. It's the type of music that might set your night on fire.
They seem to be building a foundation with this album. There is a lot of diversity but the songs felt connected making for a cohesive experience. Don't pass this one up.
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