White Laces are a group hailing from Richmond, Virginia; a town I have never been to but I may have to consider a trip just to see these boys live. Taking a nod from the surf rock trend we have been seeing in abundance this year, White Laces sound a lot like local favorites Surf Rock is Dead. The two groups maintain a similarly lazy vocal style and echoey drum beat.

My personal favorite track off their 2014 EP is “Teenage Brain.” This track could easily be on a Yeasayer record, abundant in noises that are inherently pretty but come together to make a slightly off kilter soundscape. The track “On A Wire” sounds like it could be a Yeasayer track played on entirely guitars. The band also throws it back to a Psychedelic Furs-esque synth/drum combination on “Janet,” which any Pretty In Pink fan will surly appreciate.

Although White Laces draws influence from 80s pop instrumentation and 2010’s indie-electro harmonic structure, they add something entirely their own through this fusion. Retaining classic elements and slinging them into the 21st century, the era of the DIY musician and “The Indie Band” is what makes them so refreshing to listen to.

Written by Alessandra Licul