Discovery: The Voyces

The Voyces’ song “Let Me Die In Southern California” reminds me of so much, most of which I shouldn’t say, lest you never listen to it for the first time or again.

But I’ll say it anyway.

The thick, opening guitar hook: Thin Lizzy’s “Wild One”
The melody: “Sister Golden Hair”
The whole damn thing: “Horse With No Name”
The guitar solo at 2:45: A mega-compressed “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” but not as awesome.
The voice: Auto-tuned Matthew Sweet, but auto-tuned well.

It’s classic rock red meat, sure, in a Hold Steady sort of vein (but not as jubilant), utterly without irony, nearly without self-consciousness.

The Voyces are mostly former Californian and now New Yorker Brian Wurschum, with Jude Kastle, Frank Carreno and Eric Puente backing him up. The band’s second full-length, Let Me Die in Southern California (released in September on the Planting Seeds label), is a song cycle devoted to the Golden State even when it’s not. It’s gentle and reflective at times, cool and boss at others, a little nostalgic, a little mythic, and always indebted to ‘70s California pop. It won’t change your life, but it will warm up your autumn wherever you are.

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Let Me Die in Southern California

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