Posted in music | tour dates on August 12, 2014

by Andrew Sacher

Cabana Kids

Brooklyn's The Cabana Kids (featuring ex-members of International Affairs and Linfinity) have been playing around their hometown for a little while now, and they'll be putting out their debut EP, The Birds & the Bees, this fall via Small Plate Records. Its new single "Just Let Me Know" is the kind of sunny indie pop with bright, upbeat acoustic guitars and charming male/female vocal harmonies that were commonplace in mid-2000s indie rock. If you miss that kinda stuff, this song should trigger some heartwarming nostalgia. It premieres in this post and can be streamed below. Here's what singer Joseph Lee had to say about the EP:

The songs on "The Birds & The Bees" were originally written on a lark for a project that I envisioned with a female voice in mind. Kind of a hipster Sonny And Cher [laughing]. She would sing the girl's perspective and I would sing the guy's. The topics touched on things that we all experience in life, particularly, the yearning for love, heartbreak, the romanticization of a better place and even death. Being able to provide the different views from a guy or girl's perspective made it all the more interesting. It allowed for a call and response style which easily translated to harmonies as well. Being a huge Beatles, and early rock n' roll fan, the influence of their melodies and chord structures fit perfectly with the vocal stylings. My friend Curtis Williams who laid down the lead guitar and is co producer on the E.P. began recording the tracks at his home studio. Having added some reverb soaked surf guitar tones we had most of what you hear. I then took the tracks to Carousel Studios in Greenpoint and fleshed them out further with Joe McGinty [Loser's Lounge, Live Keyboard Karaoke, Psychedelic Furs]. Joe has got quite the collection of vintage keyboards, and organs which we certainly took advantage of. The only track that was recorded separately was "You & Me" which was done in a day with Jason Finkel of Converse Rubber Tracks and Sweet Sound Studios. With the songs completed, some starts and stops along the way and eventual band members added we were signed by Small Plates Records and look forward to sharing it all with you.
The band doesn't have a hometown show announced at the moment (though presumably it won't be long before one's added), but they will be close by for a show at Montauk's Surf Lodge on Thursday (8/14).

New song stream and the EP's Beach Boys-referencing artwork, below...

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Comments (24)

Is this the 'Saved by the Bell' movie?

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2014 12:58 PM

lookin' like a Nick Kids press photo

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2014 1:28 PM

They are so going to get slimed!

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2014 1:35 PM

Is that the cast of Williamsburg: The Movie?

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2014 1:36 PM

where's the black guy wtf

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2014 1:51 PM

I preferred the j a c u z z i b o y s to the Cabana Kids.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2014 1:54 PM

would they be cooler if they lived in the Rockaways?

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2014 2:25 PM

I reckon the majority in this band are allergic to Gluten.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2014 2:31 PM

What's the dude on the lower left's name?

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2014 2:35 PM

If you "miss" a style from less than 10 years ago, you probably have extremely limited knowledge and taste in music. No - this statement isn't subjective.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2014 2:37 PM

would bottom right

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2014 3:09 PM

Their Barth's Burgers sketch is getting pretty tired. They need new writers on this show.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2014 3:22 PM

I think I met the blonde at a financial company social mixer once.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2014 3:23 PM

S Club 7-looking motherfuckers.

Posted by E.L. Fudge | August 12, 2014 3:54 PM

Is this a network show or a web series?

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2014 5:20 PM

Did someone turn the girls tv show into a band?

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2014 5:31 PM

cabana KIDS Incorporated

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2014 8:32 PM

I know a lot of people love this show, but sometimes their sketches go on just waaaaaaay too long and the humor really panders to the lowest common denominator. I don't see how it's going to get picked up for a second season.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2014 10:56 PM

I gotta say, can't get this song out of my damn head.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2014 10:30 AM

haha all the previous posters are fat beardy fix geared riding pitchfork dick sucking single dudes that hang out at st vitus waiting to pick up some chick to go home and bang and catch some sweet std.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2014 11:47 AM

Hahaha 👆

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2014 3:53 PM

Good stuff!

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2014 8:57 PM

Reminds me of the Magic Kids. In a good way.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2014 9:18 PM

Summer foreverz
<3

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2014 11:41 PM

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