She Like Electric





I'll come clean right away and admit that it was Live 105's Aaron Axelsen who was first responsible for pointing out this band (to me at least). He included a link to their website in his Player Picks months ago, so of course I had to check it out. I thought it was a joke. A nine-year-old drummer and an eleven-year-old keyboardist (both sing) getting props from one of the country's top programmers? I checked out an MP3, thought it was OK and that was about it. Then I received the band's debut full length in the mail and was shocked to find that it was actually pretty damn good. Considering it's a pair of pre-teen girls, the album is amazing, but some of these songs even hold their own against today's indie rock finest. "La Pump" is an electro/dance/rock tune in the vein of The Faint while "She Like Electric" is a screechy Le Tigre-esque electro freak out. The majority of the tracks, due to the stripped down production with only keyboard and drums, sound like Lawrence, KS, indie-tastic boy/girl rockers Mates of State but I think these girls are even more accessible. And before you say it, NO, they are not a girl version of Hanson, though they do have blonde hair. These chicks are some die hard indie rockers. Keyboardist Asya even has a Long Winters sticker on her keyboard! Smoosh opened for Jimmy Eat World earlier this month, have done an in-studio at KEXP (they're from Seattle) and even landed on the Tripwire Top 30 last week. They're clearly generating some buzz and deservedly so. The more I listen to this record, the more I dig it (and the more I freak out that I'm loving music made by junior high kids). They are, without a doubt, worth checking out.

Smoosh
Pattern 25 Records

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