Sherwood is an honest-to-god pop band, an identity the San Luis Obispo band makes no effort to hide. These dudes are nothing if not comfortable in their own skin - Nate Henry's vocals soar undeterred by irony, recalling the earnest yearnings of Switchfoot and their arena-ready ilk.

Sherwood is an honest-to-god pop band, an identity the San Luis Obispo band makes no effort to hide. These dudes are nothing if not comfortable in their own skin - Nate Henry's vocals soar undeterred by irony, recalling the earnest yearnings of Switchfoot and their arena-ready ilk.

Their lack of art school cred doesn't mean they ain't creative, though. Latest LP "Qu" is slick and radio-ready yet bolstered by thoughtful arrangements (listen as the sounds bleed in and out of "Around You") and a full range of stylistic excursions, from Fall Out Boy-style mechanized mall punk ("Maybe This Time") to slow-burn piano balladry ("No Better") to the harmonized beachfront delight of "Make It Through."

They'll be at Skully's for an early tilt Sunday with Seabird, Reece and locals The Forties.