The Couchsurfers are an indie pop rock band from Chatham, Ontario. Still in high school, these young musicians describe themselves as “easy going, free-spirited hippies who appreciate good vibes and love going to the beach”.
Their sound definitely reflects that sentiment, with light fun melodies and a beachy, surf rock feel. Their self-titled album features eight original tracks full of good vibes.
The first track “Goals” hooked me right away with its pretty laid-back melody and upbeat vibe. The overall style was unique and original, with stylistic melodies and harmonies that felt almost folksy while staying fun and pop-centric. I really enjoyed it.
Another stand out track for me was “Please Don’t Break Her Heart” which had menacing threatening lyrics while staying light and funky musically. I did feel that it went on a little longer than it had to, but I still loved it overall.
“Marceline” had more of a ska vibe and a darker edge than the other tracks. There was a small rapping section in French that I actually didn’t hate at all. But my favorite track was “Pisces” (and not just because that’s my sign). I loved the playful back and forth between the guy and girl vocal parts and the line “Mom kept all her best trophies in cases, so no one would touch 'em. Guess that’s why I never touched you.”
The Couchsurfers was an impressive debut album. I actually didn’t read their bio till after I listened to the entire album so although I knew they had to be young, the high school thing was a surprise. They definitely write and play with a maturity and wisdom beyond their years, yet the youthful vibe still is a central part of their appeal. The Couchsurfers have a cool take on beach-y surf rock/pop and I look forward to watching them grow as a band.
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