The members of the Tyde have spent a great deal of time at the beach. I’m sure of it. A gooey conglomeration of wet sand and saltwater oozes out their pores, as though they’ve never left that glorious place. Can you blame them? How many great Californian bands are this hopelessly devoted to the surf/sun/sand combo in their sound? The Thrills came close, but they’re not even from the U.S., let alone California. Brian Wilson, a little indie band called the Tyde is out for your throne.
This is the third full-length from the Tyde, headed by surf-obsessed frontman Darren Rademaker, whose brother Brent also plays in Beachwood Sparks (along with Tyde members Chris Gunst and David Scher). Three’s Co. is the band’s follow-up to 2001’s Once and 2003’s Twice, and it’s the brightest, catchiest, and most developed. This is the album we’ve been waiting for from the band: a shiny, summery indie-pop record that wears its heart on its sleeve and doesn’t hesitate to admit it. Tracks such as the perky pop of “Too Many Kims,” with Rademaker’s relaxed vocals thrown overtop a boppy indie-pop underlay, or “Brock Landers,” which sounds like the creation of indie-rock kids who referenced Beach Boys and Flying Burrito Brothers songs instead of the Beatles or the Stones.
What separates Three’s Co. from other indie-pop records is its irresistible melodic hooks; this is an album you can listen to repeatedly without tiring of it. “Glassbottom Lights” is the standout here, showcasing a band getting older and becoming more comfortable and accepting of its own sound. Rademaker’s vocals have evolved tremendously well, especially on the slower tracks such as “Lights” or album closer “Don’t Need a Leash,” which shares the same solo-era John Lennon stylings as LCD Soundsystem‘s “Never As Tired As When I’m Waking Up.”
This time around, the members of the Tyde have filled out their sound. The production on Once occasionally seemed thin, and the songs seemed undercooked. On Three’s Co., Rademaker’s songwriting has matured, which combined with the bigger production, makes for a thoroughly enjoyable and satisfying listen.
The Tyde is arguably the best current representation of the California beach sound. And with such a gorgeous state, isn’t it fair that someone do it justice? Next time you’re out for a drive on a bright summer day, throw on Three’s Co. and pretend you’re driving along the highway at the Pacific Coast with nothing on the agenda but spending time with good friends at the beach. Then you’ll see what I mean.
“Memorable Moments” MP3