Call ‘em “garage-kissed power pop” (San Francisco Chronicle), “atomic pop” (Rolling Stone), or simply “wild and crazy” (Chicago Tribune), The Safes have collected plenty of accolades for however you’d like to sum up their expert-level snappy songwriting and sharp showmanship. The band’s “smart, melodic music” ( NPR) is rooted in ‘60s-70s inspirations – artists who knew how to deliver big on record and on stage. Contemporary comparisons such as Ty Segal, Thee Oh Sees, Guided by Voices, The Minus 5, Sloan, and New Pornographers make a whole lot of sense, too.
When time has come to getting that sound on tape, the brothers recorded themselves at their own StudiO’Malley for Winning Combination and in the past have also worked with some top record producers like Steve Albini (The Breeders, Joanna Newsom), Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Iron & Wine), Keith Cleversley (Flaming Lips), Jim Diamond (White Stripes), and Jason Ward (Arcade Fire, Kid Congo Powers).
The boys have been very fortunate to have worked with such talented & generous friends such as: director/filmography/editors Andrew Maggio & puppeteer Rachel Frizzi for The SAFES “The Sky is Falling” puppet massacre (premiere on Pitchfork TV) and Well, Well, Well’s cold killer “Since Trust Went Bust”(premiere on Daily Motion); to Nika Thiel’s masktacular “Deception”; Mike Hindert’s chicken caper for “Hopes Up, Guard Down” (premiere on CMJ) and the weeper rabbit peeper “She So Sad, and most recently a uniquely global video directed by Mickey Mangan for The Safes “I Would Love To”, that was filmed by Safes fans in 15 countries and represents 12 languages (premiere on Yahoo! Music), and Patrick Oleksy’s animated and multi-layered suburban dreamland drama for “Hometown” (“Stereogum”).
The Safes have been very successful with licensing their music in their career; here are some of the companies that they have worked with: Nike, Dr. Pepper, VH1, CBS, 60 Minutes, Redbull, TBS, Allure, PBS, HGTV, Cartoon Network, Quicksilver, TSN, Travel Channel, ESPN, Skullcandy, Foxhead, Ten Network, NBC, Fox, MTV…
"the four O'Malley brothers, are well known for their snappy brand of pop, one that evokes a wealth of other genres and eras." - The 405 "simple-but-mesmerizing-pop" - Pitchfork "The trio has built a large following with infectious, guitar driven pop. The SAFES make smart, melodic music." - NPR