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The Everywheres play the kind of songs that have people buzzing about a psych-pop revival.

click to enlarge The Everywheres and their secret cat friend.
  • The Everywheres and their secret cat friend.

It's sort of the holy grail of new bands---Samuel T. Hill's songs were making the rounds online when Jessi Frick of San Francisco's Father/Daughter Records came a-calling. "She asked if it would be cool if she put it out and I said 'Definitely,'" says Hill, all matter of fact. The former member of Spooky Campers took awhile to find people to round out his sound, and finally settled close to home. "The winter's a hard time to start anything, and I just dragged my heels all winter. I lived with Shannon [MacDonald] for a year and I finally said, 'Shannon you have to play bass.'" Recruiting Curtis Rothney and Nicholas Hanlon proved just as easy: "The guys have only been playing a year and a half, two years, but you can't really tell," he says. "They're really good." The debut self-titled album comes out on June 25, and you can expect a range of mellow garage-pop tunes, though it seems open to interpretation, with bloggers attaching everything from psych-revival to '90s-esque to the first single "Someone Disappeared." Big words that are news to Hill, "I don't know about the '90s comparisons," he says. "Comparing you to things you don't even listen to, I've been overwhelmingly obsessed with Ray Davies and The Kinks for a year. Can't get out of it. And White Fence from Los Angeles, I really dig all of his records and how prolific he is, but I wasn't around in the '90s." Hill prefers to stick to basics when describing his own music: "Simple pop songs. Not too many chords. Just pop songs, I'd like to think... I hope." The simplicity is refreshing in a biz that seems ready to coin a new genre every other day. The Everywheres plan to play a lot this summer, starting with the Homegrown Skateboards show in La Have on June 1 and then Hill promises, "a tour of some sort, if we can get our act together."

Sunday, May 19, 10pm, Gus' Pub & Grill, 2605 Agricola Street, $5


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