This week’s podcast showcases longtime friends of The Bay Bridged, San Francisco’s Social Studies. The release this month of their first full length album, Wind Up Wooden Heart, on Antenna Farm Records, feels like a welcome reintroduction to the band’s unique spin on nervy indie pop. Retro-sounding synths lend Social Studies’ songs plenty of catchy charm, but they’re equally brainy, with twists and turns that avoid standard pop structures. The music is lean enough to let singer Natalia Rogovin shine as a compelling frontwoman, and she’s joined by talented bandmates and guest contributions by members of Judgement Day, Thee More Shallows and Dreamdate. In short, there’s a lot to love here, and we’re excited to watch Social Studies embark on this exciting next chapter with Wind Up Wooden Heart‘s release.
We sat down with the members of Social Studies recently to discuss their new album. We’ve also included four songs from Wind Up Wooden Heart in the episode.
Social Studies has a slate of West Coast shows over the next month. Full dates on their MySpace page.
– Watch the band’s video for “Time Bandit” on Vimeo.