Kita Beach – Swim Classic LP
San Diego-based Kita Beach is the latest project of Conor Meads (formerly of Pistolita), bringing nostalgic, genre-bending alternative rock to a new era. Bearing the sonic calling cards of pop punk and baroque pop (a la Queen and ABBA), Kita Beach defies convention and shirks definition. Leaning heavily on Meads’ skill as a pianist, Kita Beach crafts compositions that are unexpected, theatrical, and versatile. The band’s debut album, Swim Classic, was released in 2021 and features ten piano- and guitar-driven tracks carried by Meads’ bellicose vocals and tight instrumentation. Mixed by Grammy-award winner Jesse Ray Ernster and featuring guest vocals from rising star Elise Trouw, Swim Classic is a punchy, intricate, and unpredictable reflection on the process of restarting a life after heartbreak and transition. Prior to forming Kita Beach, Meads toured extensively as the vocalist and pianist for Pistolita. The band gained wide popularity and was picked up by Warner Music Group, sharing stages with the likes of emo darlings Dashboard Confessional, Saves the Day, Say Anything, and Brand New. After Pistolita dissolved, Meads spent about a decade away from the stage, focusing instead on his career as a music writer for television and advertising. Now, immersed once again in his own creative process, Meads and Kita Beach are bringing an exciting and revamped sound to the world of modern alternative music.
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