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L.A. Unheard: Neverever's beach-bound indie-pop

February 20, 2012 | 11:46 am


The band: Neverever, an L.A. group led by indie-pop power-couple Jihae and Wallace Meek.

The sound: Like La Sera, Best Coast and some half-dozen SoCal garage-pop revivalists before them, Neverever offers a noisy, tuneful take on the girl-group era. But don’t lump the band in with the Pacific idolaters: tracks such as “Wedding Day” and “Bunker Spreckles” offer spiky riffs and sharp songwriting to balance the soft-focus nostalgia. Indeed, the latter track finds singer Jihae Meek taking clever aim at the darker history of that East Coast ocean: “Bleached hair and beachwear didn’t do for long,” she sings, moments after rhyming “fur coat” and “U-boat.” Elsewhere, the ba-ba-bas of "Mexicoco" bounce subversively around the tale of a sour summer romance. 

The random: The band’s humor comes with twee cred: Jihae and husband-guitarist Wallace met in art school in Glasgow, Scotland, home of the seminally salty Belle & Sebastian.        

The details: The “Shake-a-Baby” EP, hipster puppy cover and all, was released Jan. 17. It’s the follow-up to the band’s 2010 debut album, “Angelic Swells.” The band joins Veronica Falls and Bleached on Saturday at the Bootleg Bar.

The music: Download “Wedding Day” below.

Neverever -- "Wedding Day"


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-- David Greenwald

Photo: L.A. indie-pop quartet Neverever. Credit: Kim Zuniga