Indie / Pop / Soul
Sunny days. Ocean breezes. Sandy shores. Leafy palm trees. Cool jazzy sounds spiked with pop, hip-hop, reggae, soul, calypso, even some street-corner swing, all in the service of positive vibes, spiritual uplift and “don’t worry, be happy” fun. Look beyond those alluring, seductive Surfaces, though, and that’s where the three-dimensional musical depth of the band’s principals, Colin Padalecki and Forrest Frank, truly shines through. With Frank on vocals and production, and Padalecki working on writing and arrangements, the pair have increasingly meshed their individual talents into one impressive whole.
So far, Colin and Forrest have managed to maintain complete creative control over Surfaces, even down to Padalecki designing the group’s distinctive geometric, pastel album covers, a product of DIY ingenuity, using the Keynote program, a free version of Apple’s Power Point. After two self-produced albums, the duo just completed their first national club dates, a sold-out “Endless Summer” tour that included shows in New York and Los Angeles at the world-famous Roxy.
Genre: Indie / Pop
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