Hope for the Tape Deck is a label that issues limited edition cassette tapes and operates with a DIY mentality. Based out of both Philadelphia and Roanoke, VA, the label is a division of Big School Records, another Philly record label. They just released a new cassette EP from the Laughing Leaves, a band from Geelong, Victoria, Australia.
The EP includes four cuts of surf-influenced garage comprised of gritty guitars and skuzzy vocals, all of them drenched by the shimmer of the sun. Each of them rattles with contagious, uplifting energy despite the trashy sonics; they radiate pop charm.
The title track is an immediate highlight. The song boasts wonky, throbbing bass throbs strung-out guitar, collapsing into a murky, post-punk midsection. On the whole, the track is a surfin’ good time, propelled by a rollicking rhythm and dense guitars. It’s only a small snapshot of their capabilities, but the Laughing Leaves have plenty more up their sleeves.