While their sun-soaked sound harkens back to simpler times, CARPOOL TUNNEL literally wouldn’t exist without the power of modern technology. Like all great 21st-century relationships, a serendipitous swipe on an app – in this case Vampr, hailed as Tinder for musicians – brought singer/guitarist Ben Koppenjan and guitarist Bradley Kearsley together in 2017.
The Bay Area guitarists quickly bonded over a shared love of ’60s and ’70s-era classic rock like the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac, and the connection was immediate: Just a few weeks after meeting, the pair was in the studio recording their debut single, “Afterlight,” with Grammy-nominated producer Billy Mohler.
One new member (bassist Spencer Layne) and a $400 van (thanks to – what else? – Craigslist) later, the brilliantly named band hit the road, bringing their California cool aesthetic and classically retro sound up and down the coast. In this live setting, free-wheeling and bereft of perfectionist attitudes, the group began laying the foundation for their long-awaited debut full-length album, BLOOM.
The album, released February 26, 2021, via Pure Noise Records, puts Carpool Tunnel’s sandbar psychedelic sound on full display, swirling psychedelic rock and blues with sunny surf rock to create something that’s both nostalgic and fresh.