Because They’re Fucking Rad: A Review of Day Wave @ The Phoenix Hotel

08/18/2015

Earlier this month, Day Wave played a poolside show at the legendary Phoenix Hotel. Put on by Noise Pop and Boing Boing, and billed as the GOOD MEASURE tour, the band was touring in support of their recently released (and inaugural) EP, Headcase – a five song ditty from a five piece band, headed by Jackson Phillips of Oakland. Some of you might remember the band Carousel, which included current guitarist Kevin Friedman and was the impetus for Day Wave.

I’ve been excited to see this band for a while. If you’ve been paying close attention, we’ve covered them before. Well, a couple of times. And there’s a reason for that. There’s a reason they’ll be heading out on tour with Albert Hammond Junior soon, because they’re fucking rad, that’s why.

Before we get started – let’s talk about the Phoenix Hotel for a second. This being my first trip to the pool, I was blown away. So much so that I immediately spilled a glass of whiskey all over myself, which I chalked up to the party gods that preside over those hallowed grounds demanding an offering. This might be one of my new favorite venues in the City, and if you haven’t been there you ABSOLUTELY should find any excuse to go. A poolside show is truly a one-of-a-kind experience, one that lets your mind wander in excitement imagining different scenarios that Ozzy Osbourne or Keith Moone got into. I heard a story about Ozzy snorting a line of ants, but couldn’t find anything on it. If you have any info, post it in the comments and we’ll send you a complimentary SFCritic t-shirt.

Ok – on to Day Wave. The band’s instrumentals were incredibly on point, especially considering that this was only their fourth show. The five piece, strictly Fender outfit has an fantastically California sound; think beach, palm trees, freeways, waves and someone drunkenly jumping over a fire pit. The drummer plugged along on an extremely minimalist kit (which is impressive in and of itself) while the band radiated a harmonious, smile-inducing blend of noise that just makes you happy. To borrow a line from myself (woot woot), their songs are able to transport you to wherever it is you want to be at that time. Coincidentally – I was exactly where I wanted to be, with exactly who I wanted to be with, at that moment.

They ran through their new EP, which you can find here, and also threw in a few unexpected covers like New Order’s “This Time of Night.” Overall, the band delivered a calm and confident showing of good ol’ fashioned, feel-good Cali tunes. I for one am incredibly excited to see what’s up ahead for these guys, and will be following closely (and keeping you all in the loop, of course).

Check out their tour and make sure to stop in if they’re in your area.