The first of two record release parties for Death by Salt V was held at the Urban Lounge on June 12. It featured music by Dark Seas, Breakers and Albino Father—all three of which have an exclusive track on the new compilation album which was available in vinyl for a special price of $10. Only 1000 copies of the greenish yellow record were pressed, making them a hot commodity to those who seek an eclectic record shelf.
The bands played to a house full of enthusiastic music fans. All three come from a background of some sort of garage rock, and there was definitely a surf rock vibe to the entire night, with plenty of reverb, tremolo picking and guitar-centric crunch and heavy rumbling bass.
Albino Father opened the evening, with a goes-down-easy California feel comprising steady, head-boppin’ snare and echoing chords. Breakers came in loud and fast, sounding like an apt soundtrack to footage of Dogtown skateboarders in Venice surfing pavement. The crowd got wild, spilling beer as long hair thrashed up and down with their music. Dark Seas brought a psych-surf feel to the close of the evening—appropriately past midnight—with organ warbling along with the graveyard-esque vocals.
Death By Salt V is the fifth installment of SLUG Magazine’s local band compilation series. Featuring exclusive tracks by Swamp Ravens, Breakers, The Troubles, Foster Body, JAWWZZ, The Nods, Albino Father, The Pentagraham Crackers, Beat Hotel, Koala Temple, Dark Seas, Super 78 and Color Animal.