Maybe I just have The Grateful Dead on the brain since the band played their final reunion shows last weekend, but their influence was the first one I could hear in the initial bright hiccups of GospelbeacH’s debut song “Sunshine Skyway.” It’s the first-ever for the group, who largely rose from the remnants of Beachwood Sparks, adding one of that group’s biggest fans Neal Casal (of Ryan Adams and the Cardinals) in the process. The group’s debut album is called Pacific Surf Line in keeping with the the beachy, bright theme, and the band features the following members: Brent Rademaker (vocals, guitar), Tom Sanford (drums), Jason Soda (vocals, guitar), Neal Casal (vocals, guitar), and Kip Boardman (vocals, bass), with guest appearance by Nelson Bragg (vocal harmonies). “Sunshine Skyway” courses with the warmth of frontman Rademaker’s home state Florida — and his adopted home California — and the easygoing nature of communities that revolve around water, beaches and sunlight. The album title itself serves as something of a tribute to the timeworn Santa Fe Railway, the historic old train line down California coast that’s now been replaced by the Pacific Surfliner. Listen below.
Pacific Surf Line is out 10/9 on Alive Naturalsound.