Pulling from an array of 1960s influences, multi-instrumentalist Timothy Hines created a damn near perfect mesh between rock, garage pop, surf and psychedelia under the moniker Tropical Popsicle.
Katrina Nattress, The Deli LA
Somewhere in the shadows beneath a consummate sun-drenched pace of life lies hidden occult fantasies that keep you up at night, wherein Tropical Popsicle beckons you into their veiled world. Take the jangly melodies of 60s garage jams and surf rock inspired by Southern California beaches and cast a psychedelic gloom across the whole coastline; Tropical Popsicle brings the doleful feel of the end of summer, over and over again.
After years playing in straight forward pop bands like the Stereotypes and Lights On, Tim Hines has ventured into his latest solo project, Trop Pop. While still grounded in smart, pop sensibility, Hines new sound is layered with complexity and cryptic vagueness.
The droning organs, stark drums, and ominous vocals of Tropical Popsicles first two tracks to surface on The Beach With No Footprints 7? demonstrate a significant departure from Hines pop past into something far more mysterious. These recordings are set to release on October 4th via Volar Records, the San Diego label whos roster includes The Fresh & Onlys, Davila 666, Audacity, Cold Pumas, and Ale Mainia. Pre-order The Beach With No Footprints 7 at Volars website.
Hines has now developed Trop Pop from a solo project to a full band with the edition of three members, Kyle Whatley (guitar, organ, backing vox), Chase Elliott (bass and synths), and Ryan Hand (drums & rattles). Together, theyve taken what Hines began on the 7? to new realms with The Age of Attraction EP, exemplified by the title track The Age of Attraction, a beautiful, hazy gem, tinged with melancholy and infused with timeless hooks that linger for days.
Their live set oozes ambiance. Tropical Popsicle has opened for peers King Tuff, White Fence, Crystal Antlers, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Iceage and Times New Viking. Garnering critical acclaim from tastemaking blogs combined with a continuum of emerging tracks online only add to the intrigue surrounding the band, coaxing fans to return for more.
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