Hailing from sunny California, The Spyrals have released their debut self-titled album via Inside the Moon Records and Mock Records last year. Even though the band comes from a bright and colorful state, the album color is in black and white. The background looks foggy and the band members look like they are in England, or even our very own Duluth, in the 1980s. In a world of MP3s and internet downloads instead of the physical and tangible music of the past, this band has put serious thought and creativity into their image.
The psych-rock trio transcends time with the band’s psychedelic sound that transports you to another decade. The album kicks off with “Lonely Eyes,” which is bittersweet. It has a strong rhythmic backbone, but the hesitantly hopeful melody and the lyrics speak of seeking love and the heartfelt ache that loneliness brings. The next track, “Disguise” is full of guitar and vocals that drip with the swagger and attitude that can only come from the sixties and seventies. “The Rain” features the harmonica and maracas, which sound fantastic in this song. Overall, The Spyrals are true rock ‘n roll with thumping bass and drums, strong and melodic guitar, echo-y and authentic vocals, and straight-from-the-heart lyrics. The album is pumped full of raw, high energy and soul.
In a world where digital rules and analog drools, it’s great to find a band that hasn’t left the good ol’ fashioned guitar and drums to another decade. The spirit of the golden age of rock is here to stay with The Spyrals. We can’t wait to hear more from this band in the years to come.
Written by Angela Ross, Radio K volunteer.