by Cole Kinsler (@dustetc)
JODY is a newly formed three-piece from the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles. After playing their fair share of shows at local venues like Pehrspace and Honey Trap, they’re offering up their first pair of official singles (recorded at The Smell). JODY is led by Van Shydner on guitar and vocals, while Raychel Tubul and Greg Shilton (Post Life) fill out the sound with bass and drums respectively. While JODY’s first release is digital only, the band is slated for an upcoming physical release with Have To Do This Records of Santa Fe Springs later this year.
The self-titled JODY serves as an impressive introduction to the band. Despite their newness to the scene, JODY emanates a feeling of powerful confidence in their performance and delivery. Quickly strummed guitar and forceful drums start things off on “Lull.” “Wait until the time seems right / Wait until my heart gets my ripe” Shydner sings during the song's airy bridge, before returning to the infectious chorus: “I’d rather fall in love with you." “Blue” is more subdued and melancholy, but still manages to plant itself inside your ear with its easygoing hooks. Reverb-soaked guitar chords and deadpan vocals bring to mind the kind of surf-rock music I imagine (as an out-of-stater) being played in California garages. JODY is a band that beautifully embodies the place they live in, while still sounding fresh and new. We may have to wait awhile for new tunes from them, but in the meantime these tracks will make a great addition to your summer playlist.