Summer Darling, The Monolators @ Spaceland 07/19/10
For those of you living under a rock, Silver Lake's Spaceland has been doing a Band-in-Residence program for some time now. The idea is pretty straightforward: A headliner plays each Monday of the month, with rotating supporting acts, all put on by a local promoter. Oh, and did we mention it was FREE?
Husband and wife duo (and bandmates) The Monolators preceded the main act, bringing fans onstage for their last song to lend support as a human glockenspiel. Entertaining and enthusiastic, their energy was as infectious as their upbeat 70's inspired punk tunes (check out Ruby, I'm Changing My Number).
But the real standout was Summer Darling, celebrating the release of their full-length self-titled debut album. The first project on Origami Vinyl's eponymous record label had owner and founder Neil Schield beaming at the band's success as they prepared to play. And for good reason - Summer Darling's melancholy rock reminded of San Diego in the 90s, with their songs easily fitting into the Braid/Chune playbook. This is a good thing, of course, but because Summer Darling have found their own indie voice (and megaphone, thanks to Schield), the band has created a sound that, while familiar, remains fresh. We're definitely looking forward to what these creative kids do next.