One of my most recent obsessions, DIIV, are scheduled to play The Rickshaw Stop this Wednesday, August 1. The Brooklyn-based band plays a laid-back, reverb-soaked brand of upbeat indie pop — the kind of music you might want to dance to with your head cast down, arms out to the side and lightly listing and twisting from side to side. Kinda like you might dance if you were on “one part THC and two parts MDMA,” as the band is described in their official bio.
DIIV (formerly known as Dive) do a lot with a little. “How Long Have You Known” and “Doused” from their June 26 release, Oshin, find front man Z. Cole Smith ruminating on a few simple lyrical lines, repeating them over and over again to hypnotic effect, while snarling bass and shimmering, echoing guitars envelop his voice in a shoegaze squall. It’s a sound a bit like a rougher-around-the-edges Radio Dept. — or, conversely, a slightly more well-kempt Yuck.
The Brooklynites will be supporting Los Angeles garage punks Bleached, whose name appropriately conjures images of days spent drinking beer and fishing roaches out of the ash tray in some beachside bungalow. Also performing is the Oakland, new-wave/post-punk outfit LENZ.