Album Review: Hindu Pirates, ‘Pelican Daze’

8 Jul

It seems that whenever someone writes a positive review about artists in their teens, it’s legally obligated to include phrases like “you would never guess (name of performer) is only (age),” “talented beyond their years,” or “their music defies their youth.” Well, why is that always so great? There is a certain universal appeal that comes with fully embracing youthful energy, with all of the novel discoveries and awkward growing pains that come with it.

The members of Hindu Pirates, together for about a year-and-a-half, aren’t going to flash anyone while leaving a car or perform scantily clad during a Canadian awards show (we think), but from the 11 songs on their full-length debut, Pelican Daze, it’s apparent that they’re just fine being born when they were, reveling in the earnest carelessness that comes with youth. Four of the members graduated from high school this spring, another finished his sophomore year. Yeah, that’s young. But if they weren’t, the playful “Los Banditos” wouldn’t ring as true; no, these Huntington Beach kids haven’t ever broken out of jail as described in the lyrics, but it’s obvious that they’re simply having over-the-top fun instead of expecting people to buy it. Same for “Overtime,” in which singer Austin Ferreira laments about the workingman’s life.

Stylistically, the surf-garage melange that the Pirates have arrived upon is the perfect vehicle for their approach, which each song joyfully jaunting along. Yes, Ferreira does indeed sound older than he actually is, guiding “Ten Piggies Over” and “Bad News Baby” with an intriguing combination of silliness and sincerity. Pelican Daze isn’t trying to be anything other than exactly what it is: a record that perfectly and unabashedly captures the explosive energy and gleefully rough edges of four teenage dudes having fun making music.

Hindu Pirates celebrate their album release at House of Blues, Anaheim on Friday, July 9 with Pacific Hurt, The Union Line, Kiev and Rye Douglas Band. All ages, 8 p.m

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