When you first hear the summery guitar sound of “Giants” by Boston’s You Can Be a Wesley, don’t be surprised if it gets you thinking of a trip to the beach — that’s what happened to the band’s singer and songwriter Saara Untracht-Oakner, too. “The song is about beaches, and the sound came before the content,” she says. “That’s probably why I decided to write the lyrics about beaches in the first place.”
Yet the song’s not a Beach Boys rehash of sunshine and ice cream cones. “It’s a feel-good song, even though it’s about my contempt with humans overtaking beachfront properties,” Untracht-Oakner says. Still, when you’ve got a chorus filled with “Oooo” singalongs and a central guitar riff as catchy as the one at the heart of “Giants,” you can forgive us for bopping our heads along merrily to the concept of over-developing the natural world.
You Can Be a Wesley’s new EP, Nightosphere, is out November 1.You Can Be a Wesley - Giants