It talks all of two seconds to click on a link and find out what a band sounds like, provided you aren’t on dial-up internet in 1997, yet people will ask you to compare any music you share to another existing artist before doing so. Why? I guess for the same reason that humans suddenly lose all motor skills and sense of logic when tasked with having to choose a lid and open a packet of sucrose, while servicing their own cup of coffee–that’s just what happens.
NYC band Swimsuit Issue get likened to Beck’s Sea Change album quite a bit, so there’s your set up and they’re cool with that. I asked their guitarist David Gagliardi about this and he replied, “It’s cool that we have gotten a lot of comparisons to Sea Change, because we are both huge fans of that record, but it sucks that Beck basically re-released it under a different name this year and it won best album.”
I first met Gagliardi after asking a friend if he knew of any musicians that could help form a live band for a studio project I’d recently released. He recommended David and his childhood buddie Alan Yuch, both formerly of the mosh-friendly NJHC band The Mongoloids. Neither of them had any attributes you’d associate with such a name, and were instead, polite, witty, and well versed musicians. I said musicians there, not “hardcore kids,” as many equate the genre unfairly with musical ineptitude.
Since he didn’t drink or partake in any illegal substances, I took to calling him “Designated Dave,” but maybe he’s just finding that out for the first time. So here’s his latest project, featuring his compatriot and male model from Los Angeles Miles Garber–you have to mention the modeling part, especially in a fashion based site, dude.
It’s beachy, but also filmed in a Brooklyn looking warehouse, where a bunch of punks are hanging out doing things on and near a skateboard ramp. It makes me think of Dennis Wilson hanging out with the cast of Kids, but there’s a happy ending for all, but that’s also because I hate Beck and love skateboarding and the deceased, genius Beach Boy’s solo work.
Now watch the Bon Duke directed video for “Break,” please.