Bands to Watch #242: The So-So Sailors

By on Thursday, 3rd May 2012 at 12:00 pm

For some reason, I have a soft-spot for Omaha, NE. Home of Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst and the college baseball’s World Series, Omaha is pretty much dead center of the United States and is not the easiest place to get to – or leave, I imagine.

But what is seeping out at the moment is the wind-whipped Midwestern sounds of the So So Sailors. Focusing on bright, piano-driven pop melodies, they evoke a laid back, happy mood that can easily accompany your afternoon gin and tonic. Headed up by Chris Machmuller on vocals and piano, and rounded out by Dan McCarthy (Wurlitzer), Alex McManus (guitar), Brendan Greene-Walsh (bass) and Dan Kemp (drums), the So-So Sailor Sailors are still shopping for a label in America, but No Dancing Records snapped them up for an Ireland/UK release on 10 June. Their six-song EP ‘Young Hearts’ features the free track ‘Des Moines’, which you can listen to and download for your very own from, the widget below.

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