Good Morning Beautiful
The press kit for Los Angeles-based garage pop outfit Irving poses the question right off: How do you make a group with four singer-songwriters work? Well, from the sounds of their first album, you take turns.
Bay Area natives Alex Church (bass), Steven Scott (guitar), Brian Canning (guitar) and Shana Levy (vocals/vibes) and L.A. native Brent Turner (drums) play well together and mix their individual talents for an altogether catchy indie-pop sound—think Pavement, Apples in Stereo, Kinks. Able pop producer Andy Paley (Brian Wilson, Jonathan Richman) recorded several songs for the band, including energetic track three, “L-O-V-E,” a rambunctious punk pop pleaser mixing vox-ish, ‘60s pop organ with a screaming, happy chorus.
The rest of the 10 tracks on Good Morning alternate between lovely folk pop numbers, twanging country diddles and straight-ahead Partridge Family doo-wop indie rock—all with interesting production (experimental reverb, sampled voices, etc.).
Regulars of clubs like Spaceland and the Silverlake Lounge in SoCal (performing with the likes of Beachwood Sparks and the Black Heart Procession), the pleasingly eclectic Irving will likely put on a good show for Chico—only problem is that the show is the same night as the Melvins at the Brick, and there’s only so many Chico music hipsters to go around.