Our memories are quite hazy these days, but we kinda-sorta recall Suburban Living, the Philadelphia post-punk-ish dream-pop project of Wesley Bunch, playing Great Scott in Allston around Labor Day a few years ago. But the threat of sardine-can U-Haul trucks, angry dads clutching leases, and googly-eyed college students all making their annual trek into our neighborhood made us wish we, in fact, were doing some suburban living of our own.
But today we are as far away from Allston move-in weekend as possible (at least that’s what the calendar tells us), and Suburban Living are back in town with a show tonight at O’Brien’s Pub. Since we last had Bunch’s tunes floating in our headspace (in particular the excellent 2012 EP Cooper’s Dream), Suburban Living released a new self-titled LP off Papercup Music in January, and you can listen to lead single “New Strings” down below.
Suburban Living tick off all the usual influ-boxes (early 4AD, Factory’s post-punk wing), while still sounding fresh, even as the rest of the world catches up ever so slightly when it comes to hazy, lo-fi guitar-pop. Bunch has always seemed a step ahead, and now our steps might finally align.
Suburban Living Dates
04/23 @ O’Briens – Boston, MA *
04/24 @ Pianos – New York City, NY *
04/25 @ Bourbon & Branch – Philadelphia, PA ^
* w/ Spirit Haus
^ w/ Dream Safari, Lithuania – the band, Vacationer (DJ set)