Palm Desert quartet the Flusters gained some notoriety in 2016 when they were one of the local bands added to the Coachella lineup. Since then — besides remaining one of the sharpest-dressed bands out there — they’ve toured nationally and cultivated a retro/modern sound they call “Dreamsurf,” which is the title of their debut album.
The foursome (singer-guitarist Dougie VanSant, guitarist-vocalist Danny White, bassist Mario Estrada and drummer Daniel Perry) play an affecting mix of hyper-romantic guitar-pop that at times sounds like Morrissey giving a concert out of the back of a Woody at a beach party. Although the band name-checks influences such as Roy Orbison, Dick Dale, the Pixies, Echo & the Bunnymen and the Smiths, they point out that their touchstone song is Tito Y Tanrantula’s 1996 gem “After Dark,” renowned for its cameo in the Robert Rodriguez film “Dusk Till Dawn.” (Cue Salma Hayek doing her “Snake Dance.”)
Keep that scene in your head when you hear the Flusters’ “When It’s Late at Night,” which along with other album highlights such as “Egyptian Musk” and “Little Mexico” appeared on the band’s 2017 EP. “Dreamsurf” is out this Friday.
||| Stream: “Time Traveler” and “Little Mexico”