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Wes Smithers and Nick Yetka is the duo behind, Keep, a project from Richmond, Virginia. While they have a swirling sound that can unmistakably be linked to shoegaze, Smithers and Yetka just prefer to be known as a “rock band”. Their seismic debut, For Your Joy (Citrus City Records), is a callback to bands like Swervedriver or to a certain degree, The Catherine Wheel, a fine mix of dreamy ambiance and punchy hooks.
“Temporal Drift” is a blistering yet fluidly melancholic cut. Hints of post-punk work their way into the heavy vapor and strident drumming. Ruminative lyrics from Yetka weaves in a sense of vulnerability and reprieve.
Cereal Pairing: Booberry