We’re pleased to bring you the premiere of Massage’s new song “Oh Boy” (listen below). The song is the title track from their forthcoming debut album, which is scheduled to be released on July 27, 2018.
The band commented:
Part of what inspired us to start Massage was this new generation of Australian bands like Twerps and Boomgates and Dick Diver, who are ostensibly doing a very retrograde thing – I mean, they’re mostly white guys playing guitar rock – but somehow finding a sweet spot that Americans, who tend toward the muscular and melodramatic, always seem to miss: messier and more casual, but also catchier somehow. ‘Oh Boy’ is our California version of that ramshackle vibe. When I wrote it, I was listening to a lot of ’16 Lovers Lane”’-era Go-Betweens – ground zero for today’s Aussie scene – and I think their influence may have come through in all the droning chords and the domestic imagery. The last lines of the song were dummy lyrics that stuck. I realized what they were about – how honest they were about things I hadn’t even realized I was feeling; about family and fatherhood and settling down and ambition – and the rest of the words were written in response. Sometimes a song tells you what it wants to be.
About the band:
Massage is five friends who live in Los Angeles.
Massage is a band that meets up on Monday nights to bash out songs that crudely approximate their heroes, past and present — the Feelies, the Go-Betweens, Twerps, Sarah Records, Flying Nun.
Massage is guitarist Alex Naidus, formerly of Pains of Being Pure at Heart, who moved to L.A. in the winter of 2013; furniture designer Michael Felix, who got Alex singing and writing songs when he said he wanted to learn the drums (they didn’t know any covers so they needed something to play together); their friend Andrew Romano, a journalist, who invited himself to their second practice (and now shares singing, songwriting and guitar duties); bassist David Rager, a designer and childhood friend of Michael’s, who tagged along that night, too; and visual artist Gabrielle Ferrer, Andrew’s sister-in-law, who was soon playing keyboards and singing harmonies.
Massage is an “exceedingly appealing form of jangly indie-pop” (Stereogum) with songs that will “knock around your skull for days” (Raven Sings the Blues).
Massage is scrappy, catchy, ramshackle and sincere.
Massage isn’t very good at guitar solos.
Massage is about to release an LP (Oh Boy) that they recorded on random weekends with Jason Quever of Papercuts.
Massage is like a band of thirtysomethings playing in a suburban garage, only better.
Massage is like a band of teenagers playing in a suburban garage, only worse.
Massage is probably splitting a plate of poutine at Jay’s Bar right now.