Saturday, April 23, 2011

The Number One Song in Hyperspace

Caught the newest band I’ve always loved last night at Supermajor’s Crash Mansion gig. Catchy yet seldom captured satellite-transistor classics from phantom beach speakers in the endless summer of love. Drummer Brian Bair, guitarist Michael Katz and bassist Patrick Malone have, it should be noted, the funk, and are not keeping it to themselves; Sarah Engelke’s keyboards are a wellspring of sonic seasons and her and singer Brooke Tarnoff’s rave-of-the-Valkyries vocals another groovy world; Jennifer Harder’s trumpet is a singularity of colliding pop/prodigy euphoria and leading man Adam Swiderski remixes the Olympian exuberance and suicide-pact sincerity that mark the true pop star and, even more rarely, make pop feel like the truth. Come see ’em at the same place May 20, the night before the fundamentalist apocalypse, when we’ll be all that’s left. This is what I never grew up for!

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