San Francisco trio Burnt Ones caught my eye (ear?) the other day, and after having posted a T.Rex song, it made sense to follow with a song from a band that follows in those footsteps. Burnt Ones obviously share a love for all things Mark Bolan, as their fuzzy guitars and bluesy rhythm suggest. This EP has another song featured on it that is a little more heavy on the T. Rex influence, which is named “Donna Listen to T.Rex (All Night Long). This tune also has a little bit of a surf-rock influence, as the chorus has a chord change that sounds lifted from “Surfin’ Safari” or the like. As soon as you can peg them down, Burnt Ones change it enough to keep you guessing.
Cocktails, San Francisco’s best kept after hours secret, are finally stepping into the sunlight with their self-titled EP hitting turntables February 12th via Father/Daughter Records. Recorded over three days in the summer of 2012 at Fuzz City with Matthew Melton and Rob Good (of Bay Area bands Warm Soda and Bare Wires,) Cocktails is the first official offering from the self described “slop pop” quartet. Their energetic power-pop punch hits somewhere between late 70s punk and fuzzed out 90s alt (think Teenage Fanclub or GBV anthems combined with the disarming honesty and pent-up aggression of This Year’s Model era Elvis Costello). They crank out big melodies, loud guitars, and loads of sticky sweet boy/girl vocal harmonies that will surely kick some pep into your step.
Cocktails’ 4-song 7” EP will be available digitally and on virgin black and “blonde” (limited to 150) colored vinyl beginning February 12, 2013.