Back in February, I wrote about a local quintet proudly branding themselves "pop"--Summer Babes are garage-gritty, hopelessly catchy, and undeniably sunny:

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Until the Sun Arrives in Seattle for Good, Listen to Summer Babes' Open Swim

Back in February, I wrote about a local quintet proudly branding themselves "pop"--Summer Babes are garage-gritty, hopelessly catchy, and undeniably sunny:

In a city notorious for cloudy skies, making songs fundamentally rooted in beachfront sunshine and backyard barbecues might seem challenging. But for Summer Babes, nothing could be further from the truth. "Sure, it's gray and ugly in Seattle for most of the year, but that little sliver of amazing summer we get--there's nothing else like it," said Albertson. "You've got to milk it for all it's worth."

Their debut Babe Summer EP brought me to "celebrate something so simple and pure as pop," and the band's follow-up project Open Swim carries the same message.

Filled with "oohs" and power chords and dotted with bursts of punchy keys, the surf-rock energy of Open Swim offers every reason to love them that their debut release did. If you missed their album-release show at The Comet last Saturday, your next chance to catch the Babes is July 8 at the Blue Moon Tavern--and based on their inclination to unleash balloons and dance-party fun on unsuspecting fans, it's recommended you go for it.

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