"We wanted to make something that sounded and felt like home," says Sacco's John Fredericks. He and childhood friend Andy Breihan grew up in southern California, where they played in various bands together for nearly a decade before moving to the East Coast. As they adapted to life in New York City, the duo found welcome relief from occasional bouts of homesickness in songwriting. "Parts of this record are trying to capture romantic memories of home, the things you love about it. The beach, the sun, those are things we tried to bring to the music."
Indeed, the first things you'll notice about Sacco's debut self-titled album are the shimmering, breezy melodies and relaxed grooves that feel worlds away from the streets of New York. Thick, slinky bass lines snake underneath driving, infectious beats, as Breihan and Fredericks' washed-out vocals sweep across the spare arrangements.
"We realized that the bass was really exciting and it was kind of a secret weapon for us,” says Breihan. “We tried to shape the rest of the songs with that in mind, and the big drumbeats were a part of that."
It's a sound that's garnered them early love from key tastemakers like Daytrotter and Stereogum, who premiered their double-music-video for "Carnival Ghost" and "Driving," and a respected place amongst fellow NYC-via-California rockers like Delta Spirit, Guards, and Cults, who invited the band to play support on their last national tour.
The band’s self-titled album came together in a truly collaborative fashion, with Breihan and Fredericks splitting the songwriting, singing, and recording duties 50/50. Much of the album was recorded DIY in an apartment studio, but it took a trip to the beach to truly get them in the right mindset.