Most garage rock bands have suffered scrutiny over the years from pretentious music critics labeling them, and the whole genre, as having “cheesy,” “inconsistent,” and “mediocre” production. With more and more garage rock bands breaking down borders, over the years we’ve seen the resurgence of the genre with notable breakouts of bands like FIDLAR and Japandroids. One band waiting to breakout is Sheffield’s DIY scuff-rockers, Best Friends.
The Sheffield band’s AA single, Happy Anniversary/Nosebleeds, has been buzzing around the Internet for some time now. The first half of the split is the fuzzy, psychedelic track “Happy Anniversary.” It starts off gentle and calm but slowly builds up and crashes like a wave into your ears with its spunky-melodic guitars, then it bounces its way into your brain with lead singer Lewis Sharman’s high pitched bellows. The same energy comes blasting through on the faster tempo-jangly track “Nosebleeds,” with its drilling basslines accompanied by the rasp and natural charm of Sharman’s vocals. Best Friends maintain their fun personality and show yet again they can dish out grungy but catchy garage rock with these two salty seaside tracks. So relax, kick back, and let your ears surf a wave of joyous riffs and distorted guitar fidgets.
Watch the music video for “Happy Anniversary” below: