On their new EP, “Chime," San Francisco surf rock quintet Sandy’s sound like Big Star in Big Sur. Glassy open tunings are buoyed by tom-heavy drum fills, anchored by Lesh-esque busy basslines, and soaked in resonant moog flourishes.
Vocalists Alexi Glickman and Dave Muller sing about seeing Jah while tripping, losing their souls to their phones, and the 80-foot blue whale that washed up at their home surf break.
Part art happening, part recording session, Chime was recorded live by the band in Glickman’s seaside cabin over a long weekend.
Inspired in part by the films of Christopher Guest, Glickman laid out loose framework of chords and melody, and let his intrepid cast do the rest.
“My favorite live shows remind me of Christopher’s movies. “You can feel when the cast is having fun, when it's awkward, when they’ve lost the plot—everything you see is authentic— is really happening. I wanted to make a record like that. I wanted to capture as much spontaneous magic as I could— and it meant really laying off trying to control the process,” recalls Glickman.
The sounds of Chime are steeped in good vibrations while darker themes are explored lyrically.
“I think despite the idyllic setting, there was a heaviness we were wrestling with that weekend. I wanted to hold onto that when I was writing the lyrics— to really make the sunny parts pop against the backdrop of this creeping foreboding."
Praise fo Chime
"Sandy's new EP Chime is a gorgeous ooze of surf'n'turf rock..."I and I," what a track...there's something about the Steve Zissou magic vibes here that set this one apart... It's got that great Grateful Dead dingly-dong guitar goin' on, but even that sweetness is no match for Alexi Glickman's vocals, each word spilling out like caramel...
NOT DEAD YET
Praise for Prom
“An intelligent, gently soothing piece of work, recalling the more blissed out, sunkissed moments of Big Star's catalogue” CLASH
“Imagine if The Beach Boys recorded Pet Sounds again after listening to the Polyvinyl back catalog and you get some idea of where this is rooted” New Noise Magazine
“A short, but sweet collection of five melodic gems” KCRW RADIO
Praise for Fourth Dementia
"Fourth Dementia...it's a blissful, reverb-soaked rush of feeling, all open chords and twilight madness." -SF Weekly
"Together, they build giant sized harmonies and resonating echoed guitar work that sounds like it was filtered through a glorious, sunny ’70s filter. Sometimes straight up breezy California surf rock, other times venturing into more hazy psyche-pop, imagine if The Beach Boys recorded Pet Sounds again after listening to the Polyvinyl back catalog and you get some idea of where this is rooted." -New Noise Magazine