Everything about San Francisco’s The Bobbleheads feels effortlessly classic: from their 12 string Rickenbacker guitars, to their sweet sweet multi-part harmonies, to the joy and love that emanates from their live performances, and to every single one of their releases. Formed in 2003, their latest single, is a hopeful track from their most recent album, ‘Myths & Fables’.
The Bobbleheads are more than just about fun however, they’re a thoughtful group whose storytelling is deep and intriguing underneath the sweet and straightforward melodies. Their inspirations are clear; the influence of classic bands such as The Beatles, XTC, R.E.M., The Smithereens underscore their sound and go before them to show it’s possible for winsome guitar pop-rock to also convey complicated sentiments.
‘I Really See You’ addresses communication problems that face all those in relationships. Their music, ably supported by the vocals of John Ashfield, is both muscular and meticulous, while being forceful, engaging, possibly haunting, but very definitely memorable.
The video for ‘I Really See You’, directed by Fred Gebhardt, is very clever and ever so slightly trippy – fitting for a Bay Area band. There’s a marine quality about the clip which permeates every scene, including the neon lights of a bus stop at night, alleyways between buildings, and the faces of a young couple out on a date. The lovers are mysterious; the man’s face covered in gauze. The song tells us the answer to why this is the case, so you’ll have to listen to find out!
Find The Bobbleheads on Facebook, and watch the video for ‘I Really Know You’ below.