this isn't any type of ringing endorsement, but I came across this band while doing some early morning reading. I basically played the first song, and then switched back to reading, and at one point realized i had listened to like three of their songs.
it was enjoyable.
I separate that statement because, as silly as it is to make generalizations the fact is that I for the most part do not enjoy most bands with female lead vocals. this is not rooted in any type of sexist way. It's more that I find there are too many bands that sound exactly the same. I'll try to keep a running list of vocalists I think sound the same.
For the record there are many many female vocalists that i pretty much adore including:
Lykke Li, MIA, Nekko Case, Sharen Worden, Tracyanne Campbell, and Karen O. just to name a few. I feel like their voices cover both amazing and unique whereas artists like Ingrid Michaelson or the vocalists in bands like Best Coast just get away with being 'amazing' because they've penetrated the scene and are considered 'cool'.
I'm certainly not trying to take away from their vocal talents outright. They are far and away more talented than I am. And if I were them I'd probably find me, and punch my groin for badmouthing them. But too many times I get jazzed when I hear about a new great band, only to find out the vocals pretty much sound like a million other bands before them, and I struggle to determine what makes them unique.
anyways ... the funny thing is that this band is not all that unique ever, but they carry a country twang with their punk rock, and for whatever reason this morning it struck a good nerve: