The Fresh and Onlys

Using the very same reel-to-reel tape recorder first employed to capture the line, “I saw a werewolf drinking a piña colada at Trader Vic’s/his hair was perfect,” The Fresh & Onlys laid down the tracks for their upcoming release, Long Slow Dance, due out September 4 on Mexican Summer.

Yeah. That’s definitely Warren Zevon’s line, in case you were wondering. And in case you’re wondering who Warren Zevon is, well, he was friends with this dude.

The album, which begs to be abbreviated “LSD,” was recorded at Lucky Cat Studios by SF-based producer/engineer Phil Manley, who has tracked for the likes of Wooden Shjips and Moon Duo.

“We spent more time recording this than we had on records in the past,” says Onlys bassist Shayde Sartin, who credits Manley for the positive influence he had on the group. “He’s very meticulous with the kind of sound he’s trying to get for each song, and the record definitely has its own vibe.”

The Fresh & Onlys have made the record’s first single, “Yes or No,” available to stream online in order to give their fans a taste of the aforementioned vibe, which is “far more dynamic and vivid, with a lot of pop and melancholy” — at least according to Sartin in a recent interview with Spin. Click below to hear what he’s going on about:

The band is co-headlining The Bay Bridged’s Phono del Sol festival on July 21st, with a West Coast tour set for September.