Audacity is Orange County’s latest proof that California’s the place to be. This fresh-faced Fullerton four piece has roots that stretch back to elementary school. That sense of lifelong camaraderie comes across in their buoyant take on the classic power punk sound. Bouncy slacker pop is always an appropriate soundtrack for a warm West Coast spring night.
Luckily, vitaminwater was there to capture Audacity’s performance at Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa. Judging by on stage antics and crowd reaction, the state of the union is strong.
Formed when they were only 14 years old, the members of Audacity connect with a musical lineage that stretches back about as far as their ages combined. The music invokes trails of Todd Rundgren’s A Wizard, A True Star, as well as the best work of the Modern Lovers. Twisting in those influences with geographic touchstones like the Descendents and the Adolescents, Audacity crafts tunes that trade in hooks and fun amidst a rush of volume and youthful enthusiasm.
Deflowered and inspired by Anaheim’s Thee Makeout Party, Audacity are putting in the effort on the road to make a name for themselves. They’re asserting their place among power pop peers like Nobunny and Atlanta’s Gentleman Jesse and His Men. Audacity is evidence that suburban sprawl combined with a little sun and surf can make for fantastic results.
Cameron Lee Crowe, Thomas Alvarez, Mat Robert Schmalfeld, Kyle Andrew Gibson
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