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So far the music we have from the Omaha pop quintet Lot Walks is ripe for the season. Lyrically, they are beachy, youthful songs of love and its opposites. The romance is hot and its absence is cold. Same with light and dark, same with summer and winter. And it so it goes.
If the band's pleasant and saccharine sound interlopes on more coastal vistas - California, specifically - than you'd expect Omaha young people to know, the title of their debut EP Tourist gestures at the inconsistency. There is a way in which they're taking a trip in a sense of place that's not theirs. But in the sense that the surf guitar, walking bass and foregrounded vocals are universal qualities of pop music the last half century, Lot Walks feels sun-soaked even 1500 miles inland.
The song "Californ I A" from that EP, released last October, even gestures at the illusion: the pools and the swimsuits are a dream nobly backed by a band that seems intent on squeezing every drop out of sweetness out of the surf pop and then chugging it to keep cool in the heat. ~ Chance Solem-Pfeifer - Hear Nebraska FM