Needle Drop: Wetwood Smokes “Madeline”

It’s nice to know kids are still making perfect pop songs in the comfort of their garages. Ever since Dave Grohl chastised American Idol for ruining the future of original music, I have been waiting for someone to take his advice to heart.

SoCal trio Wetwood Smokes are here to reinvigorate your faith in the ability of our youth to craft great music sans record label, established ghost-writers, hit making producers, and the like. No, no, these youngsters have hunkered down and created their own sonic blend of “what’s good” and it sounds fresher than anything out this year.

While the Wetwood Smokes bread and butter is obviously indie rock, they do adventure into the worlds of electronic pop and folk to great effect. The organ tinged highlight “Madeline” rattles along to a hi-hat driven groove, making space for the lead singer’s retro vocal distortion. The song comes equipped with the kind of ear-wormy melodies that stick around for days after first listen and will probably be picked up by you or anyone within radius of exposure.

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