PIERCE AND THE GALS: IN THE TUB
Pierce and the Gals’ slouchy stoner tunes have been captivating audiences since 2016 when they released their self-titled debut. With a two part ode to joints and the acknowledgement of their sloth side on “Day Old Makeup,” the band's first shot at an album achieved a level of cohesion most bands can only strive for. Bouncy riffs and listless vocals served as the perfect canvas for the band to throw their everyday musing and the messier parts of life: the result a charmingly honest album candid about all the quirks of living in the modern world. An easy chemistry between members Pierce Junker (guitar/keyboard/vocals), Claire Tauber (bass), Cooper Coffroth (guitar), and Eyan Conyer (drums), gives the impression that you’re listening to a band practice. This effortless nature is one they carried over to their latest release In The Tub.
With tarot cards and prayer candles gracing the cover, there's something spiritual behind every one of the eleven tracks on the album. The band slips in with “Hot Tub Dream,” a sunny fuzz-pop tune about love and second guessing. “Molly” blows in saccharine and sweet, the stars still shining in Junker’s eyes. A brightness illuminates the song even as his head continues to be stuck in the clouds croning ‘after all is said and done, Molly I know you’re the one for me.’
The band steps outside their usual dream pop realm on the title track, “In The Tub.” A smokey instrumental left up to interpretation, its unexpected presence is what makes it work so well. It seems like a song pulled from a completely different band restating that you never know exactly what to expect from Pierce and the Gals. Diving straight back in with “Susie,” another track with Junker’s lounging vocals and slack-pop sentiment making In The Tub feel like a hazy break in reality far from the restless adolescent being discussed.
Flirting with folk influences on “Turn The Lights Out,” the bright chord progression fizzles and crackles its way into the next track “Cowboy.” With western influences, the tracks sound like driving through the desert, humid air and the huge empty spaces. The sun and sand seem to thin out in “Vampire,” an exhausted tune about heading out to Tucson.
From frat parties to DIY gigs, Pierce and The Gals can capture an audience. With undeniably catchy hooks and an easy energy, they write songs that are waiting to be played with the windows down zipping through the west coast.