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BESTiE cheers the world up with “No Bad Days”

Submitted by on April 14, 2014 – 10:44 pmNo Comment

BESTiE01There are certain bands that remind you of the good times, certain that remind you of the bad times, then there are some that just make you smile. Vancouver surf-pop group, BESTiE is definitely one of these bands.

Fresh off of landing in third place in this past year’s 102.7 The Peak’s Peak Performance Project. The band is getting ready to release their debut album No Bad Days on April 22 before heading out on tour in May.

The first track on the album “Pineapple” is an upbeat tribute to love. The surfs up guitar riff reminds me at first listen of a song like “Bryn” by Vampire Weekend, but the vocals have a Sting-like quality to them.

The qualities blend together into an almost calypso sort of sound. It’s a song to sit on the beach with your significant other while listening to, or at the very least, eat some pineapple with them.

“Pineapple” gives way to a more pop sounding song “Fell in Love with a Stripper,” which explores the relationship between man and practitioners of the choreographic erotic arts.

It paints a picture of wanting to see true beauty in a place that is often full of the manufactured variety. It ends on the lyrics fell in love with the fantasy, but I can’t tell the difference between fantasy and lies and that about sums it up.BESTiE08“Foolish Hearts” offers us a tender and genuine ballad to break up the album. It is the classic story of love lost and the pursuit of past happiness.

No Bad Days picks up speed again in the next track “Asleep on the Bus.” It has a beat that gives the impression that monotonous motion of sittin’ on a bus. It’s a dreamy tune reflecting on the trials and tribulations of the work week.

The next song – whistle-infused Kelly Kapowski – a love ballad of sorts, possibly for a character from Saved by the Bell but definitely applicable to any of us who have loved someone who didn’t love them – the story of Screech and Lisa Turtle.

“Afraid of the Dark” reminisces on another anomaly of our youth – with a jaunty bass underscoring it. The overarching theme of the song speaks of pushing away monsters, inner demons or just those that lurk in the dark. It spouts the nugget of wisdom time isn’t ours to kill ¬- deep.

“Allison, I’ll Listen” changes vibes to a surfing sound that flips to something a little bass-heavy and poppy, then the song “Siracha,” has a more jumpy, almost ska-like riff. It conjures up images of love on the beach, of losing yourself in a moment.

I’d say this album is a perfect way to start off the summer. It’s fresh, crisp, and straight from the West Coast sending waves of good vibes. I can almost guarantee you’ll have a new pick-me-up with this album on your track list.

Review by Brian Talmey

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