First/Last – Bikini Islands

October 31, 2016

“This new record from Bikini Islands is one that makes you want to, almost NEED to, listen to, over and over again. It combines the pop sensibilities of the Beatles, and the Buzzcocks, with the drive and emotion of todays more purposeful music scene. Each song takes you somewhere musically and lyrically and sonically. Kyle Wackers’ vocals lead the way, the band is super tight, and at the same time they are super relaxed in how they play. There is a “bikini sound” here if you will, a sound that identifies them, and makes them quite unique. The guitars here on this album of well-crafted songs sound clean, then dirty, and then simply smart. The guitars weave a web of pop wizardry, that makes you drop whatever you’re doing, and join in on your personal Fender Air. Quite an impressive offering from this quartet, one CD for me that seems to never get filed away, just played and played.

Look for them playing live, as they are well worth catching on a stage too! Own this now folks.” – Bill Miller, President of Crafton Cassette Club Bikini Islands is an indie rock band from Pittsburgh who are making a splash around town, picking up devoted fans everywhere they play. They have a brand new self-titled debut and expect big things from these guys. I want to thank songwriter Kyle Wacker (Guitar/Vocals) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

  • The first album you ever bought?
  • First one that I remember listening to on my own was a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Greatest Hits album.
  • The first one I wanted and purchased was The Wallflowers Bringing Down The Horse.
  • Your last album bought?
  • Leaders of The Pack Vol. 1.
  • Favorite album of all time?
  • Blink 182 Enema Of The State, it made me want to play guitar.
  • Least favorite/most disappointing album?
  • Death Cab For Cutie Kintsugi.
  • First concert attended?
  • America with my parents as a youth and Sum 41 with friends.
  • Last concert?
  • The Last Shadow Puppets.
  • Favorite concert ever?
  • Minus The Bear and The Honorary Title opening for Straylight Run.
  • Least favorite concert?
  • Avett Brothers.
  • Favorite thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
  • It’s a smaller city but there’s so much to do here and cool places keep popping up.
  • Thanks for the head’s up on the Crafton Cassette Club. I happened to grow up there. Go, Cougars!