Bay Area quartet Social Studies preps debut LP with pair of mp3 giveaways

Listen, Dammit, always did like social studies in middle school, though thankfully, those days are long gone. Now Social Studies is a band, hailing from San Francisco, that makes electro-laced pop songs sometimes tagged with the “twee” label.

The group formed after singer and keyboardist Natalia Rogovin (who, naturally, grew up on a commune in Oregon) met drummer Michael Jirkovsky when they were students at UC Santa Cruz. (He came of age on the punk scene in Chicago.) They moved to the Bay Area after graduating, and after a couple years with a fluid lineup, added scene veterans Jesse Hudson and Tom Smith on bass and guitar, respectively.

Social Studies’ full-length debut, “Wind Up Wooden Heart,” is due in July on Antenna Farm, but you can hear the song “Holler Boys” at RCRD LBL, and “Time Bandit” — a tune that shifts through sections, Rogovin’s sweet vocals floating above a mix of synths and rhythm, broken up here and there by terse guitar lines — right here.

Time Bandit mp3

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