Husbands is a band that has been apart as much as it has been together. Danny and Wil got their start in OKC, releasing 23 home-recorded lofi beach pop singles in one year. Wil moved to work on a grad degree in Washington, DC and Danny worked as a computer engineer in Oklahoma City. In 2015, they released Golden Year, a sunny, reverb-drenched collection of beach punk accompanied by Brian Wilson-esque melodies.
They moved to OKC together for a couple of years, playing live shows and festivals, including opening for Smash Mouth – an on-brand move for Wil and Danny. Now, for their upcoming LP, After the Gold Rush Party (Cowboy 2.0 Records), Husbands find themselves apart again. This time Danny jet-set to Costa Rica and Seattle, where he currently resides, leaving Wil in OKC. Where Golden Year was a blissful summery garage-pop riff on love, friendships, and the creative process itself, After the Gold Rush Party adds no-wave, garage punk, and a little tropicália into the Husbands blend. Lyrically, After the Gold Rush Party soberly looks at life at 30, as Wil and Danny settle into jobs and ponder what it means to be punk rock (if at all) in 2019. In ATGRP, Husbands creates a grab bag of new, unreliable narrators and weaves in pop culture allusions in a fun yet unsettling postmodern mélange.
So far, “Mexico” has been featured on NPR’s Heavy Rotation and added to Spotify’s Fresh Finds and Feel-Good Indie Rock playlists. And there’s more to come.