The 5 Best Undercard Bands at Beach Goth 2015

Beach Goth 2015 is right around the corner. On Saturday October 24 and Sunday October 25 this burgeoning festival will host a plethora of ba...

Beach Goth 2015 is right around the corner. On Saturday October 24 and Sunday October 25 this burgeoning festival will host a plethora of bands and quirky side entertainment at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. The term "beach goth" was used by The Growlers when describing the sound of their music. They're the ones spearheading this whole shindig and will be headlining both days.

Beach Goth 2015, Beach Goth 4, The Growlers

The entire festival is a potpourri of eclectic and varied artists (something for everyone) including Julian Casablancas + the Voidz, Juicy J, Sir Mix-a-Lot, Del the Funky Homosapien, The Aquabats and even more bands you've never heard of.

Hosted by Tom Green and Pauly Shore (Riff Raff will host a rap battle), Beach Goth 2015 is a frankenstein monster that will continue to draw an even bigger audience than it's past three years. The festival will also feature Selena impersonators, a live Rocky Horror Picture Show performance and a live-action Smurf Village.  

But with all the "big names" on the bill, what about the undercard bands that most people will miss because they'll be too busy smoking pot inside of their cars?

Here are the best 5 undercard acts to see at Beach Goth 4, 2015.

Skylar Spence

Ryan DeRobertis is Skylar Spence (formerly "vaporwave" artist Saint Pepsi). He used to sample songs that were funky, catchy and wholly danceable (for anyone who still does that). After a minor identity change to curtail copyright infringement, DeRobertis changed his name to Skylar Spence (based on a character's name from a Woody Allen movie). Now he sings on his own songs. They're disco, nu wave, and poppy as fuck. You could listen for yourself, but I just described it perfectly.


SWMRS (pronounced "Swimmers") makes people work to pronounce their name. Other than that, they're a beach pop band from Oakland, California. Their latest single "Miley" is an ode to the bold ex-Disney star turned current pop star. I tentatively respect Miley for speaking her mind about Nicki Minaj (who is out of her god damn mind). Anyway, listen to SWMRS below because you've already read this far.

The Frights

After their senior year of high school, The Frights got the music bug and began writing catchy surf rock tunes. They then parted ways for a bit but somehow were drawn back to each other. I consider them one of the catchiest bands in San Diego and as you all know my authority in music is unprecedented, unrivaled and the only one that matters. Check out their split EP with Death Lens on their Bandcamp page now.

Sunflower Bean

Mixing dark tones with psychedelia, Sunflower Bean pulls the curtain on rock and roll and melts your face off with their LSD-laced tunes. Based in Brooklyn, they are heavily influenced by Tame Impala and kraut rock, even if they don't know it. Half Siouxsie and the Banshees and half Black Sabbath, Sunflower Bean "hear voices" and it's mine saying, "your music doesn't suck" which is the greatest compliment you can get from me.

Plague Vendor

Signed to Epitaph and with a debut album out now, Plague Vendor is from Whittier, CA. You can't help but notice the snarling, versatile yelps and howls from lead singer Brandon Blaine. Part Blood Brothers and The White Stripes, Plague Vendor will knock your teeth out with pleasure. Don't miss them at Beach Goth, no matter what.

Beach Goth 2015 is slated to be the best one yet. It'll be my first time attending and you can bet that I'll be posting a review shortly thereafter. Catch all the carnival games, mini-Kiss cover band and other shenanigans you can handle while you're there. Here's hoping to seeing Pauly Shore twerk in a leather holster with a blonde wig and Mickey Mouse ears. That's why I'm going at least.

You can buy tickets to Beach Goth 2015 here.

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