Boogie Board (the stage name of Chicago, IL’s Stephen Denning) makes gritty, fuzzed-out surf rock tunes that sound like they’ve been recorded on a brick; this is a good thing, by the way. Denning’s new EP, A Beach At Night, comes with the suggestion, “Listen to these songs in the dark.” I’m not able to do this, since it’s 7:30 in the morning, but I’m enjoying the music regardless. “Fading Light,” easily the EP’s longest song at a whopping three minutes and sixteen seconds, begins with a motorik, Strokes-esque drumbeat before introducing a driving bassline over which Denning unleashes crunchy squalls of guitar. The lyrics are simple and straightforward, describing, believe it or not, what a beach looks like at night. “Fading Light” plays like White Light/White Heat-era Velvet Underground covering a Dick Dale tune, and it’s awesome.
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