The Velvet Underground, Sonic Youth, Jesus and Mary Chain, the Byrds and some hippies on acid all had a roll in the hay in the Aussie Outback, and nine months later, out popped the Morning After Girls. Much of the Girls’ strength lies in their wearily sexy vocals and swirling bed of guitars, strings and harmonies. My love for the Morning After Girls began with their first EP, which features fuzzed out guitars, the dueling vocals and songwriting of Sacha Lucashenko and Martin Sleeman and lots of tambourine. From opening track “Straight Through You,” which would have fit perfectly in between the Mamas and the Papas and Buffalo Springfield at Monterey Pop Festival ’67 to final track “Lazy Greys” with it’s whispered count-in and gorgeous boy-girl harmonies, the EP is a 5-track introduction to a band that leaves you gagging for more.
The first track I heard off of EP 2 was through the video for “Hi Skies,” which you can check out at their site, and I couldn’t believe what I heard (or saw). On this track the opening “Three Four” count-in is screamed, not whispered, and Martin’s vocals leave familiar territory and jump into a perfect rock scream/growl. The second EP in its entirety fits remarkably well with the first. Lead track “Chasing Us Under” flows perfectly from “Lazy Greys,” with its gorgeous cello line and delicate guitar parts. “Always Mine” always makes me turn up the record, with its opening feedback and propulsive drumming.
I finally got to see the Girls play live at this years’ SXSW festival and was amazed at the noise, sex and exhilaration oozing off the stage. Joining Martin and Sacha on stage were Anton Jakovljevic on drums, Scott Von Ryper on bass and the Morning After Girls’ girl, Aimee Nash on percussion, keys and guitar. I saw three bands more than once during the four days of music, and the Girls were among them. There was something about their live show, the four-part harmony, the dreamy songs and the thrill of “Hi Skies” that drew me back. They return to the States this week, playing a series of dates on the west coast before heading to NYC for CMJ and head up to Toronto before a couple of weeks in London and Japan, all around the Rainbow Quartz release of their 2 EPs combined on one disc on September 13. Check them out while they’re here and get a preview of the live show when they do a Morning Becomes Eclectic set on September 8.
Morning After Girls Tour
09.07.05 - Hollywood, CA (Boardners)
09.08.05 - Santa Monica, CA (KCRW)
09.09.05 - Los Angeles, CA (Spaceland)
09.10.05 - Las Vegas, NV (Art Bar)
09.11.05 - San Francisco, CA (Thee Parkside)
09.15.05 - New York, NY (Sin-E)
09.15.05 - New York, NY (Pianos - late night party)
09.16.05 - New York, NY (Arlene’s Grocery)
09.18.05 - New York, NY (Bowery Ballroom) w/ Brian Jonestown Massacre
09.19.05 - New York, NY (Pianos - Vicious Party)
09.27.05 - Toronto, OT (Horseshoe Tavern)