Chicago trio California Wives gives away 'Purple' from forthcoming debut LP

There’s always room for jangling, wistful indie-pop, and California Wives does a fine job of it on the band’s forthcoming full-length debut, “Art History.” The Chicago trio self-released an EP last year, before reconvening to record tunes like “Purple” — a song that builds to epic proportions thanks to a jittery, propulsive beat, cranked-up guitars and singer Jayson Kramer’s yearning vocals.

Kramer is an interesting case. He began playing music when he was 6, and he played classical piano until he was 16. He dabbled in songwriting for fun as an undergrad at Boston University and then, after taking the MCAT in 2009, decided that pursuing a career as a musician suited him more than continuing on to medical school. He moved back to Chicago, hooked up with drummer Joe O’Connor and bassist Dan Zima, who had played together in high school, and California Wives was born.

So far, so good, too, and we bet the malpractice premiums are way lower in indie-rock. “Art History” is due Sept. 4 on Vagrant.


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