The Soft White Sixties have positive momentum going to close their first year in Los Angeles.
The San Francisco-bred rockers moved to LA in the middle of the year and took a little time getting their footing. But with a new EP due next month, the band looks ready to take on 2017 in a big way. On Monday night, the band played a raucous set at Bardot’s famed School Night showcase to much fanfare.
Led by singer Octavio Genera, the rock and soul group shared some new material from December 2’s The Ocean Way EP. Newest song “Tell Me It’s Over” saw Genera pick up a guitar himself to begin the slow-burning tune, something I hadn’t seen in previous performances from the group. You can check out the tune at LA Weekly, where it premiered on Monday.
I saw The Soft White Sixties for the first time maybe five years ago in a bar in SF. It was one of the few good things my girlfriend at the time ever did for me, introduce me to this band. They’ve only gotten tighter and more polished with time and their songwriting is hitting a good stride.
The upcoming EP features four songs that are all sledgehammers. Their first single since moving to LA “Sorry to Say” kicked off their set. The harmonies by the rest of the band to open the song set the stage nicely for Genera’s vocals to shine. Genera has an extremely infectious stage presence and he made the most out of Bardot’s tiny stage throughout their brief set.
Deeper cuts from their back catalog “Knock It Loose” and “Lemon Squeezer” fit in nicely amongst the other, newer tracks. Truth be told, this band already has a full hour long’s worth of top quality material long before this new EP comes out.
The opening track from the new EP “Miss Beverly” has been a favorite of mine ever since seeing them play it at this year’s SXSW. The way the band explodes into the chorus had everyone at Bardot moving their feet. It ended up being a great way for them to close their show.
Now fully situated in LA, I’m expecting a big year from The Soft White Sixties in 2017. The pieces are in place.
WATCH THE SOFT WHITE SIXTIES PERFORM “MISS BEVERLY” BELOW: