BEACH FOSSILS, a band whose reverb-slicked indie pop compares favorably to acts like SURFER BLOOD, BEST COAST, and THE DRUMS, formed in 2009 as a vehicle for the solo recordings of DUSTIN PAYSEUR. Bassist JOHN PENA and guitarist CHRISTOPHER BURKE were brought into BEACH FOSSILS’ lineup later that year, after PAYSEUR had single-handely put together the recordings that would comprise the group’s first album. BEACH FOSSIL’s debut 7” single, Daydream/Desert Sand, was released on Captured Tracks in February 2010; their self-titled album was released on the same label later that year. Reverb-heavy sludgey punks THE FUNS are local D.I.Y. heroes, having started their own cassette, vinyl and print label, Manic Static, that's known for its minimal-bordering-on-grisly aesthetic. Realistically, THE FUNS' music is without genre and having come up in basement/DIY/underground venues, the duo's dynamic, shape-shifting and multi-textural "rock" music is meant to be heard in a live (and loud) environment. They also refurbished a house four hours south of Chicago that acts an artistic refuge of sorts for those who need a break from city living. Coming together in the winter of 2010/11, STAR TROPICS began as a bass & guitar duo huddled around a drum machine and has since evolved into a four-piece indiepop band determined to write carefree, primary-colored pop songs. Blending boy/girl vocals on top of jangly Rickenbacker leads, a healthy dose of fuzzy rhythms and the pulse of a driving beat, their songs can be described as equal parts celebratory and introspective.