A dreamlike state. A soft ocean breeze. The sky when the sunset is just right. The twenty-something-year-old voices behind Austin-founded Dayglow (Sloan Struble) and College Station–based Surfaces (Colin Padalecki and Forrest Frank) soothe listeners stressed by the chaos of the world, if only for a few minutes. Optimism is a staple for these bands, whose essence lies in not taking themselves too seriously and inviting others to do the same. Dayglow and Surfaces have each created a cohesive brand. What they sing—songs about palm trees, not worrying, and running the world (sarcastically)—is who they are. There’s no catch, and, remarkable for Gen Z acts, no irony. Chasing a happy-go-lucky feeling rather than any particular sound, the fresh-out-of-college bands can be found in upward of 16 million…View Original Post
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