Holiday Shores may be one of the most appropriately named bands in the business. Warmly welcomed at the College Music Journal Festival last month in New York City, the Florida-based group strings together classic surf rock and lo-fi tunes drenched with reverb on their debut full-length album.
The sound itself is unrefined, mechanical and even confusing at times. But, remarkably enough, this aspect creates the charm behind Holiday Shores. "Tremor Rolls Down The Peak," a particularly well-built song, conjures a satisfying amount of echoing guitar riffs with subdued drums and hollowed-out organ chords.
Frontman Nathan Pemberton often sits back and lets the instruments take the focus—a smart move considering the album's likeability actually stems from the quirky crudeness of its instrumental muck and underproduction.
My Morning Jacket, The Shins and even the Beach Boys all seem like obvious influences for Holiday Shores. But the finished product of the band's sound is not too derivative or heavy on one style. Still, Holiday Shores' approach may be lost in a studio recording. Giving the band a listen at a live show may be the best way to understand and appreciate its dense sound.
Holiday Shores plays the Palace Saturday, Nov. 7, at 9 PM with Evangelicals and The Racquet. $5.