Bedroom Rockers Sour Widows Deliver Sweet And Spice On "Tommy"
Out on the West Coast, two genres seem to reign big: bubblegum pop and bedroom rock. Across California, we get the best of both worlds often in the form of catchy pop anthems and fuzzy rock tracks. The latest group to deliver on the latter is Sour Widows, a bedroom-rock outfit representing the Bay Area.
It’s been over a year since the trio began releasing their alt-rock efforts. The year’s been good to them — they’ve managed to hone a distinct, personal tone, heard in their August single “Tommy,” ‘an apathetic pop anthem — we wanted this song to feel like a shrug in the sunshine, to be a contemplation of love without coming to any conclusions,” the band tells The Music Mermaid. “One of our favorite moments in the track is when Max’s gooey Ringo-esque drum fill blooms into an outro of weaving, wavy guitar lines; much of ‘Tommy’ was written and arranged during the summer in California, and we feel that we really captured its essence there!”
“Tommy” has a drowsy feel to it but not for long. Much of the song exists on this steady plane of thumping bass and percussion slapping out a beat the band won’t diverge from until later on when the arrangement picks up more fuzz and more grunge. Through its slow-going layers, “Tommy” holds a sleepy sweetness hearkening back to that sunshine-shrugging Sour Widows mentioned above — it really does feel like that. You can feel the warmth of a sunny day in “Tommy” but it’s the quiet kind, the kind that doesn’t urge you into really doing much of anything but simply existing amid it. On their summer single, Sour Widows deliver a soft-grunge ode to natural reflection, mapping out a steady thrum interrupted only occasionally by harder alt-rock details.