The UMBRELLAS – ” The Umbrellas “

Posted: August 8, 2021 in MUSIC

The San Francisco bay area has long been an important outpost of the International Pop Underground, from the 90s heyday of The Aislers Set, #Poundsign# and The Fairways to the string of legendary popfests in the early 00s and more recently to a DIY pop resurgence with bands like The Mantles, Flowertown and The Reds, Pinks & Purples. Now we’re very happy to welcome into this rich pop tradition The Umbrellas, who, after one well-received tape/single, are sure to dazzle with their new self-titled debut album.

Classic indie pop influences abound, from The Byrds to Orange Juice, The Pastels, Comet Gain and Belle & Sebastian, along with a noticeable garage-pop/Paisley Underground flavour that is a hallmark of San Francisco’s best bands. Lead-off single “She Buys Herself Flowers” introduces us to a band that’s both intimately conversant with indie pop history but also unburdened by it, a group with the song-crafting chops and spirit to take familiar elements and create for themselves a fresh new sound. The album goes from strength to strength, studded with pop gems like “Near You,” “Lonely” and “Pictures” — tunes that sound like classics from the first listen, as timeless and elemental as all great pop.

The Band:

Matt Ferrara – vocals, guitar, keyboards
Keith Frerichs- 12 string acoustic guitar, drums, vocals
Morgan Stanley- vocals, guitar
Nick Oka- bass

Released August 6th, 2021

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