“You’re the love of my life and I hate you.”
If you’re wondering why Bushwick’s The Denzels sound so surfpop-y and West Coast garage-y, it’s because they’re originally formed in California. Their relocation to Brooklyn was a smart move for the indie rockers, who quickly got involved with the local DIY scene and self-released their debut EP, Slow Death, in 2011. Their sound has been Real Estate-esque from the start, serving up straightforward, upbeat pop melodies that you can’t help but tap your feet to.
Less than a year after their debut, the band signed to Brooklyn label Admirable Traits and released their sophomore EP, Easy Tiger. The five songs retained the effortless catchiness that the band had a clear aptitude for but fleshed out their sound and songwriting with tunes like “Rae Rae” and “Cure,” which captured a certain, sweet poignancy within their unabashed pop. The band’s last release, “222,” took a turn for a harder, unwieldy sound, with the guitar shredding instead of plucking along and lead singer Tommy Hinga donning a strident, angry tone—none of Easy Tiger’s “ooh”s or “aah”s in sight.