“Off This” by Eric In Outerspace | Song Premiere

When Eric In Outerspace released its second LP, Secret Summer, two years ago, it was clear the band had a taste for lo-fi fuzz and guitars conversely hopped up on melodies. It was an exciting combination, as the music soared when the soundscapes slouched.

The Omaha quartet’s forthcoming tape — Backseat Surfin’, which is due out March 14 — is a chart of patient growth. Song structure is tighter. There’s a hair more clarity on singer Sean Paul’s yearning pop-rock vocal. The twin guitars of Paul and Ross Negrete are as exuberant as ever.

Premiered here, “Off This” thrives on dual chugging and swaying layers. The band still seems well-suited to induce a basement (or small bar) crowd into a frenzy, doubling down on simple pop methods, like the octave jump halfway through that sends the song skyward.

If you’re trying to catch the band live in the near future they’re at Sweatshop on Monday, O’Leaver’s on March 31 and Reverb Lounge on April 3. You can listen to “Times,” from that same forthcoming tape, here.

Sean Paul: guitar/vox
Ross Negrete: lead guitar
Michael Laughlin: bass guitar
Ryan Tvrdy: drums

Megan Siebe: album artwork