California Wives are Jayson Kramer (vocals, keys, guitar), Dan Zima (vocals, bass, guitar), Joe O'Connor (drums) and Hans Michel (guitar, keys). Formed in 2009, the Chicago-born synth pop quartet has already drawn comparisons to the likes of Joy DIvision, New Order, and The Police.
Loud Loop Press says of "Blood Red Youth" that the "Phoenix-inspired track opens with some tight hi-hat work as well as a deep, throbbing bassline before shifting to some much more melodic synth action countered by dancey guitars," and the Chicago Reader said the Affair EP has, "simple, clever arrangements thoroughly blend the scrappy feel of indie pop with the propulsive rhythms and glossy flash of disco....some of the easy charm of Phoenix, but the band's not a one-trick pony. In among the frothy cuts are [also] relatively moody songs where they indulge their love of shoegaze and come off sounding like a fizzier My Bloody Valentine."
Stay tuned as California Wives are currently preparing for a Daytrotter session in mid-November, and continue to add dates to their upcoming Winter tour.