Sounds Like: Kim Deal's Tammy Ampersand era, Angelo Badalamenti's Twin Peaks theme run through the VSCO app, the 5th-Annual McCarren Park Intramural Kickball Tournament.
For Fans Of: Best Coast, the Clean, the Shangri-Las.
Why You Should Pay Attention: First conceived as a side project between Drew Citron and Vivian Girl Frankie Rose, Beverly took on a life of its own thanks to well-received singles "Honey Do" and "You Can't Get It Right" and famous fans like Fred Armisen. Their debut album, Careers, mixes hazy, lazy dream pop with the fuzzy crunch (and poor posture) of Nineties four-track indie rock, and throws in the odd Clueless reference for good measure. These days, Citron carries the Beverly mantle by herself – Rose has returned to her solo career – but with her hand-picked band in tow, she's got very specific goals for what comes next: "We're going to be a very Amps-inspired, Nineties, loud, post-punk band."
They Say: "We developed the whole thing around this trashy character, a teenaged brat who hangs out in a 7-Eleven parking lot, smokes cigarettes, and doesn't get along with the other kids," Citron laughs. "For a while, we couldn't decide if she should be named Beverly or Angela. I was going to pretend to be her in interviews, but I'm a bad actress."
Hear for Yourself: "Honey Do" is a perfect intro to Beverly's brand of breezy, beach-y rock. Guitars fizz, bass purrs and Rose and Citron's vocal harmonies melt like a Mr. Softee in the sun. by James Montgomery