Despite what their name implies, California Wives are, unsurprisingly, not a bunch of bored, rich housewives from the Golden State, but are a bunch of 20-something guys from Chicago. But of course.
Led by singer-keyboardist Jayson Kramer, California Wives create twee-inspired new wave songs that sound like a rockier and more polished version of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Even Kramer’s voice sound a little bit like TPoBPaH lead singer Kip Berman.
Besides TPoBPaH, California Wives sound a lot like a mixture of a lot of other bands that you are familiar with. This is not a knock against the Kramer and his crew. It only means that the music they produce is highly accessible and very easy to get into.
Check out the two lead tracks Blood Red Youth and Marianne embedded below.
California Wives are opening for Stars in their St Louis tour on 10/5 (tickets here)
California Wives – Art History comes out 9/11 via Vagrant (order here)