Needle Drop: Holy Bouncer, “Anticipation”

Surf rock has found its way far from the west coast. Barcelona based five-piece, Holy Bouncer recently released their single “Anticipation,” a groove that takes the staples of the genre and fuses them with surprising new accents.

So far, Holy Bouncer has released four official tracks and a few covers online, like the Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” and Leadbelly’s “Where Did You Sleep Last Night.” Although their catalog may be slim, every track seems wholly composed, traversing through different tones—from ripping solos to more mellow interludes—underscoring the group’s sound as one full of startling twists.

Take “Anticipation.” It starts slow, ambling through a catchy riff. A few bends on the guitar signal an energetic break—the only place the song’s going is up. The wait for this melodic explosion lingers through the first verse, then suddenly, the track evolves into a full-on crescendo of howling vocals and bright guitar solos. A kid’s choir enters later singing the chorus, showcasing the band’s penchant for bringing the unexpected. The video is simple, splicing studio shots with live recordings, presenting fun in its most elementary form—playing good music.

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