San Diego, CA
Vampire Weekend, Beach House, Wavves
Dirty Gold's easy weather jams are just as fun to listen to in the dead of winter as they are in the heat of July. Their simmering surf-pop, influenced unapologetically by the Beach Boys and B-52s, is at its core, yes, yet another lo-fi garage project. However, this San Diego trio's beach fuzz graduates with honors from blog hype to real life with their live set; tight rhythms, and wild yet clean tribal drums that make for a solid indie rock show.
Brothers John and Lincoln Ballif had began, naturally, playing music together at home in Carlsbad, CA and officially started making moves has a "band" in the summer of 2010. When Grant Nassif joined on has drummer, Dirty Gold was officially born and the young trio (all still in high school at the time) began producing the ever trendy lo-fi garage surf rock. Then came a mere week-long vacation away from California with his family in Utah that compelled Lincoln to write their stand-out hit, "California Sunrise," a glowing, summer hit.
Dirty Gold are not to be written off as young musicians following a trend, but in turn, as prodigies of the lo-fi genre that understand the nuances to take their grungy surf rock to the next step, layering in afro-pop vibes to their drippy guitar riffs. They do it right, both on record and live. Staple Los Angeles blog Aquarium Drunkard heard gold within "California Sunrise" and signed the band to their label Autumn Tone, which released their first EP, Roar, in the spring of 2011.
The band was able to prove their EP's worth by shining during a stretch of shows through New York this summer, yet with all their success, the trio's future is yet to be seen. John still has to finish high school, and while Lincoln and Grant ship off to college, we're left hoping and praying that their time away from their California homes will once again stoke an inspirational fire.