‘Dear Friend’ by Sanderlings is deeply melodic straightforward indie rock with a heartland punk soul. The project is described as, “the musical ramblings of longtime DIY musician Woody Locke.” This “four-piece ocean-themed indie-punk band out of Santa Barbara, CA,” began “humbly as a solo project with Woody releasing a home-recorded EP in May 2016 and a 7″ vinyl in November of that year.” These guys know how to build up a twangy grit without sacrificing on the melodic end. The consistent power chords peppered with unpredictably fleeting guitar licks is backed up by a strong rhythm section. Above everything, Locke’s vocal approach gives the band a distinct homeliness reminiscent of groups like Uncle Tupelo, Cassino and Tigers Jaw. These guys are doing a great job. Check out ‘Dear Friend’ below!
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