If you’ve been reading these pages here (it’s an expression, we don’t expect you to say yes), you’ll notice that we like the lot of bands that Finland has offered lately. Quite a few of them have some from the fine folks over at Solti Records, like Big Wave Riders, who we covered back in March.
They’re back with an eponymous new release, out last month, which takes their hazy guitar pop aspirations one step further. “Skate or Die” will be familiar to current fans, while lead track “Pictures and Lifestyles of Friends” is a summer fun singalong which you’ll have to keep tucked away until next year. It’s equal parts fuzz, pop, and lo-fi, and fortunately not too much of the latter.