West Coast rock meets Madchester hedonism on Stranger, the new track from San Francisco’s Wax Statues – have a listen and see what you think.

Opening in a very unhurried style, tight guitars build and then momentarily merge with the most chilled of rhythm sections before the track veers off in to a very different, but enjoyable place.

Think a young Dylan or maybe Tom Petty taking the sun of California and the ecstasy-infused rain of Stone Roses era Manchester and drenching them with psych rock attitude, then you’ll arrive at the genial madness that is Stranger.

The band cite The Beach Boys and Tame Impala as influences, and you can certainly hear that mix of pop and experimentalism on display here. Decidedly uncommercial but very listenable, it’s a track that’ll probably elicit strong opinions about its unique, devil may care sound.

You can check out the track and more of the band’s music on Spotify, and they’ll be playing a number of gigs in the San Francisco area in the coming months – check out their Facebook page for details.