California-bred rockers PK don’t sound like the average West Coast indie-pop act: Though the group’s whoa-oh-ohs are as plentiful as L.A. taco trucks, the quintet plays with a post-punk urgency that’s definitely a long way from the beach. Much of that passion comes from U.K. singer Travis Hawley, the group’s lone expat, who brings a distinctly British tone to the band’s upbeat guitar tracks. He sounds a bit like a young Robert Smith, if dude were less depressed and more into the Arctic Monkeys and Tokyo Police Club. And we know the band has an ear for the ’80s — they recently dropped a dead-serious cover of Eddie Money’s “Take Me Home Tonight” that had us digging through the closet for our dad’s old mixtapes.
Just a few short years into their career, the band’s built quite the résumé; Rolling Stone has called them one of the top unsigned acts in the U.S., and their free (!) debut album, Into the Roaring, scored the San Louis Obispo New Times’ Album of the Year award in 2010. And they’ve even scored a gig opening for Aerosmith at the California Mid State Fair.
The latest from PK is The Lost Boys Sessions EP — no covers, just jams. Take it home tonight.
+ Listen to PK’s The Lost Boys Sessions.