Release Date: Feb 26, 2016
Record label: Castle Face
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Garage Punk, Indie Rock, Indie Pop
L.A.’s Feels are Ty Segall protégés, but their self-titled debut is more than just another take on Segall’s trademark brand of sludgy guitar rock. It’s a brash, brisk, and refreshing take on punk that blends ‘fuck the patriarchy’ empowerment with heartfelt emotion for one of the best debuts of the year thus far. The centerpiece of Feels is “Tell Me,” a single that’s equal parts scuzzy and sweet, with a simple guitar riff that’ll be stuck in your head for days.
Apparently hanging out with Ty Segall can have a powerful effect on a person. Laena Geronimo has played everything from the basic classical repertoire to girl group-inspired pop. But after playing some acoustic shows with Segall, she's drifted deep into the garage, and her new band Feels is the result. Playing scruffy garage punk with a veneer of psychedelia, Feels' self-titled debut album was produced by Segall, who makes the most of their buzzy guitars and layers of reverb.
LA band Feels spends much of its debut twisting expectations. Opener “Close My Eyes” seems at first like down-the-middle garage rock, until the chords clear out and the vocals take on a narcotic echo. The textures of the song get deeper and darker as it goes, and it becomes clear that there’s something going on in these songs that set them apart.