Bombón // A Date with Bombón
Recommended Track(s): Somebody Told Me
It would be easy to draw comparisons between San Pedro traditionalist surf-revivalists Bombón and their contemporaries La Luz, but while La Luz performs best when they tap into their love of psychedelic harmonies and atmospheric tremolo, A Date With Bombón hits hardest when the band comes raw. “Somebody Told Me” is one of the EP’s strongest songs, channeling Suzi Quatro and the Pleasure Seekers while displaying some sincere emotion that doesn’t stem from a love of Dick Dale and The Del-Tones.
Most of the songs rely on blues progressions that have been old hat since “Rebel Rouser”, so what ultimately sells Bombón as a group is their driving simplicity. The drummer has noticeably improved her chops since the Las Chicas Del Bombón LP but, as most acolytes of lo-fi have silently confirmed, slipping out of time or tune is alright now and then anyway as long as the guitars are loud enough. Part of Bombón’s charm is seeing them live. Even if they do sound like a facsimile of a forgotten 60s B-side, that seems to be their intention and they do it well.