There used to be an unspoken rule in Silver Lake that if you start a band you had to be inspired by Joy Division and have at least one token girl who almost always plays the keyboards while never smiling (see: Midnight Movies, Mellowdrone, Monsters Are Waiting, and probably some more bands that had monikers starting with the letter “m”). But sometime in the mid-aughts, the sun shined down on the creative burg and the indie rock gods changed the commandment so that all new bands must be inspired by Crosby, Stills, and Nash and have at least one token girl who almost always plays the keyboards and glockenspiel while always smiling (see: Milo Greene, The New Limb, and The Ross Sea Party). And then it was good.
Named after a minor wing of Ernest Shackleton’s famed 1914 Trans-Antartic Expedition, The Ross Sea Party makes delicate pop rock that beautifully transcends from gentle intros into soaring melodies. Armed with a plethora of instruments, the quintet comes off as a band made up of five independent songwriters each contributing to every song in their own unique way. Their debut album Hotel Pool was produced by Jeff Halbert (St. Vincent, Rocco DeLuca) and will be released in October. The first single is the group whoa-ing “Thunder” which is accompanied by a self-directed music video mostly showcasing the band’s dynamic live performance via psychedelic filters: