Blue Ocean – “Summer of Hands”


Barreling into view on their latest single, “Summer of Hands,” the Oakland duo immediately bring to mind visions of MBV’s more jangled efforts. The song’s buzzsaw guitars grind from the opening, slicing around the nimble bass grooves and cardboard beat of drums. It’s hard to push shoegaze into divergent new directions, but the band are doing an excellent job of exhuming the dizzying headspace of the past. The single appears on a new compilation that brings together the band’s recent EPs, Summer of Hands and Fade, under an eponymous header for San Francisco’s Paisley Shirt Records. The band is made up of Rick Altieri and David Stringi, both members of punk band Puke prior to their shift to more gauzy grounds. The pair have been doing noise-pop right and this comp catches up those that have been missing out prior. The new cassette reaches folks on April 16th.

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