Warm Soda

Warm Soda

One of our very favorites bands of the last five years, Oakland's Bare Wires, broke up this year after a tumultuous SXSW and a subsequently cancelled US tour, as reported by SF Weekly . Though Bare Wires still have one more album en route for release later this summer dubbed Idle Dreams—a follow up to last year's sublime 10", Cheap Perfume —frontman and all-around glam-fueled power-pop mastermind Matthew Melton has already focused his talents and energy towards two exciting new projects: his own East Oakland-based studio and label, Fuzz City , and a new band, Warm Soda—both of which are well under way. Fuzz City—which Melton runs along with his new bandmates Rob Good and Sam Lefebvre—has three 7"s under its belt by Bay area talents Adam Widener, Burnt Ones, and Dirty Cupcakes. Warm Soda isn't far behind either with its own forthcoming single due out shortly via Southpaw. The first gulp of Warm Soda's rock 'n' roll formula is the syrupy, garage-cooked pop of "Reaction." Bare Wires may be over, but "Reaction" retains much of the band's signature moves: muted guitars, snappy solos, glam-smacked drumming, and Melton's sweet gravely hush of a vocal delivery. Bare Wires or not, if Melton continues to produce music this consistently compelling, this fan's appetite will be more than sated.

- Everybody Taste

Midnite Snaxxx

Midnite Snaxxx will satisfy your craving for rock and roll made by women who remember that the Go-Go’s were once a scrappy punk band like them. These Oakland ladies have esteemed musical pedigrees, so it’s no surprise that on A Guy Like That (Total Punk), they serve up two tracks of old-school punk-pop played fast and mean. Sure, it’s a wee bit bubblegum, but who cares? With riffs this dirty, I wouldn’t be surprised if there were razorblades stashed in the candy jar. Besides, Midnite Snaxxx aren’t the type to go in for the frilly stuff—they’re way too basic for that. Guitar, bass, drums, and matching leather jackets are all they need to rock your world, but even girls this tough have gooey centers. Underneath all the crunchy power chords are songs that could’ve come straight out of the Brill Building. “Baby don’t you go, don’t you leave me alone,” they plead on b-side “Jackie” (androgynous name, a plus), while the title track has those sweet girl group vocals placed front and center. Revolutionary it’s not, but this kind of stuff always did sound great on a 7”, so buy A Guy Like That and slot it in your punk singles box where it belongs.

GET BENT!Review of "Guy Like That" single July 2011 by Mariana Timony

Primitive Hearts

Brass-knuckled, bubblegum garage-pop three piece from Oakland.

The Wild Ones

he Wild Ones will take you back to better times with their retro garage punk sound (think Shangri-Las meets The Ramones)." -KZSC


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