Surfy Santa Barbara Garage Rock Band Clean Spill at SoHO

Posted on Aug 30 by SEASONS Magazine

Clean Spill, photo by Nick Liotta.

Clean Spill, photo by Nick Liotta.

Imagine a road trip along the West Coast that ends with a bonfire on the beach, a few beers and the perfect songs playing from the speaker. Those songs would have to come from Clean Spill, a young and talented indie garage rock band.

The paradox of their band name can be seen in their melodramatic lyrics, which are disguised by a vibrant cheerful sound, hence the name “clean spill”—polished vs. distorted. The Santa Barbara natives create surfy yet introspective music with Modelo beer among their influences. 

Pat Currenvocalist/guitarist, met drummer Charlie Fawcett at a surfing competition at the age of ten. Cameron Crabtree, who joined the band on guitar during their beach-filled high school days, later recruited Geoff Shea, a local barber, while testing out his hair-cutting skills. Now the band has been making laid-back music together for five years.

In 2014, they recorded an album of demos dubbed Dear, Anger which led to their first professionally engineered and mixed EP, 2015’s XOWith inspiration coming from the likes of Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes and The Growlers, the band began to define their music as indie garage rock. Their song “Doctor” shows their talent for writing lighthearted lyrics. The song uses the perspective of Shea’s dog to comment on today’s superficial consumerism.

“Oozing delivery of Strokes-sounding garage vibes… Their perspective is up, just like their feel-good jams, and their general attitude when it comes to writing songs,” according to What Youth.

With their newest single “Rolling” out and the debut of its official video on Consequence of Sound, Clean Spill is excited for their future. “Rolling” is the second release from the band’s forthcoming EP, Nothing’s On My Mind, due out this summer. 

“‘Rolling’ is a surfy, melodramatic breakup song,” Clean Spill describes, “This song masks the heartbreak and feelings of loneliness with lighthearted guitar and an uptempo surf beat.”

They waited patiently and worked hard and now Clean Spill believes things are about to change. The band isn’t looking back; now is their time and they are more than ready for it.

“I think this will actually be the start of us hustling,” says an invigorated Crabtree, noting the band has written multiple albums worth of music in the downtime. “Because we went through all that, we learned so much. Once this comes out we’re going to be on fire. Recording, shows—everything.”

Clean Spill has an upcoming show at SoHo on August 31 at 9 p.m. SoHo is for guests 21 years and older and is located on 1221 State St., Suite 205, Santa Barbara. Buy tickets here.

For more information visit www.sohosb.com or call 805/962-7776.

Taryna Hollinger

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