Vintage Suns, “Garbage” (2014): Exclusive video premiere

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Here’s an exclusive Something Else! premiere of “Garbage,” a video advancing the San Francisco-based Vintage Sun’s rocking new eponymous EP. Guitar-focused, yet melodic, “Garbage” heralds a five-song release that harkens back as much to Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin as it does to the Gin Blossoms and the Beach Boys.

Led by vocalist and guitarist Nick Tara, the Marin County rockers also include guitarist and second singer Downey Orrick, drummer Elliott Starno and bassist David Alvarez. (Orrick takes over lead vocals on “So Sweet” from the new EP.) Though all in their early- to mid-20s, the Vintage Suns sound — which grew out of a partnership between Downey and Elliott in a previous band — is marked by a throwback reliance on flesh-and-blood sounds.

“We believe in musical proficiency and using real instruments only,” they say. “No auto-tune, no computers. Just the raw ingredients of rock and roll.”

The clip for “Garbage” was filmed in the Santa Barbara area, and directed by Eryn Brydon. The Vintage Suns EP is due on November 18, 2014. An EP release performance is set for December 4, 2014, at the HopMonk Tavern in Navato, California.

They recorded at Hyde St. Studios in San Francisco, as well as a private residence in Mill Valley, California. (Clearly, they’ve got much cooler neighbors than we do.) Andrew Capra of Brave Citizens served as producer; Paul Logus, who has previously worked with Anthrax and Public Enemy, mixed Vintage Suns in New York City.

Jimmy Nelson

Jimmy Nelson

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