Dexy Valentine’s primary band, Magic Wands have received quite a bit of attention as their music has been licensed for use in commercials for Victoria’s Secret, Vogue’s Fashion Week, Gucci, Zara, T-Mobile, Beauty and the Beast, The Vampire Diaries and the Diablo Cody film The Power of Few. The band has also opened for the likes of The Kills, The Horrors, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Black Keys, The Raconteurs, The Breeders, The Wombats – and they’ve played at the Glastonbury Festival, SXSW, and Lollapalooza.
Currently, they’re finishing up their sophomore effort Stranded on Earth, the anticipated follow up to their critically acclaimed debut effort, Aloha Moon. But in the meantime Valentine’s side project Bonfire Beach has been getting attention – “Spit U Out,” the first single off Bonfire Beach’s forthcoming debut full-length is reportedly a much darker sound than Valentine’s primary band; in fact, based on the album’s first single, Bonfire Beach’s sound compares favorably to the likes of L7, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and others – in other words, it’s darkly psychedelic and subtly anxious. However, in Bonfire Beach’s case, their sound also manages to be seductive.