The members of Celestial Shore met in Boston, but for the first four or five years they were playing together, I don’t think they had a band name; they seemed to care too much about just playing music to come up with one. I can recall them playing in living rooms and lofts and once as a Zombies cover band, but mostly they were just a group of kids living in a freezing warehouse playing weird, screeching experimental takes on their jazz and classical roots. It was seriously cold there, so it’s no wonder they romanticized the Beach Boys and the West Coast and sunnier sounds in general, eventually mixing those influences with deconstructive, explosive noise, an inventive meld of elements that come together seamlessly on debut LP 10x, out this month on Hometapes and Local Singles, a new label run by Brad Oberhofer. The album features vocals of Lorely Rodriguez (Empress Of), who played in the band for a year and remains a frequent collaborator. – Liz
BUY: 10x is available via Hometapes/Local Singles.