The Daddyo’s – “I Ain’t No Prize”
The melding of minds is obvious in The Daddyo’s, who have been writing songs together since their adolescent years. Based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Kylie Slabby and Kylie Hastings’ recently released EP, Or Worse (released a year after their previous cleverly titled EP, Better), is chock full of two minute medleys guaranteed to hook in your ear drums and stay for a while. Their first single off Or Worse, “Ain’t No Prize”, embraces dazzling purple hues amongst a landscape of typical U.S. suburbia. Despite familiar territory, the video leaves both Kylies in search of one another, unable to reconnect to their other half. Hastings’ catchy song lyrics encompass immobility (“I have these dreams I’m losing all my teeth / my feet are stuck in sludge”) as well as emotional fragility (“blood and feelings / the latter is killing me”), leaving their audience with a disconnect amidst the track’s minimalist instrumental closing. The Daddyo’s plan to record their next EP, Ginger Trips, early in the new year as well as a feature on a compilation tape via Puppy Teeth Records to help benefit Planned Parenthood on January 17th. The duo will be opening for Thee Oh See’s on the Main Stage in April for Norman Music Fest.
Consisting of James Brockman (guitar, vocals), Chris Keene (drums, vocals) and Hadley Solomon (bass vocals), Boston’s noise-pop act You People released their debut album Dropouts on December 16th via Custom Made Music. Gaining momentum since their inception in 2012, Dropouts is a triumphant ten track collection of life’s failures and successes. Their three-part harmonies stand out as the trio merges from catchy indie-pop tracks to quickly veering into 90’s dissonant noise. Their latest single, “You People’s Court”, leans towards the latter, adhering to pulsating and distorted minimalism and breathing life into their DIY-directed music video. Part aggressive fuzzed out guitar explosions and part direct lyrical proclamations, You People build onto their three minute anthemic, rousing confessions and solidify it with an instrumental wall of tension. You can catch the band live in Allston, MA at O Brien’s Pub on Sunday, January 15th.
Honeymilk – “The Nothing New”
Shifting from a quartet to a solid duo, Swedish garage-pop act Honeymilk‘s Marcus Admund and Nikki Nyberg have kept busy in 2016 with a follow up album for Lean on the Sun and Sanguine Skies in the works. Their most recent single, “The Nothing New”, is comprised of a series of rituals revolving around a dinner-party. The video introduces a cast of friends, however each is initiated with a nondescript and generic summary which makes it easy enough for any of them to blend into the void. The hosts and guests are entirely raveled up in the processes that go into making a large feast, giving the impression of revelry on the surface with the attendees immersing themselves in the act of cooking, strumming sweet nothings on the guitar, dancing and laughing, all of what one might expect with a much anticipated reunion. However as the excitement dies down, so too does each individual’s enthusiasm and demeanor, unable to (re)connect and express individual thoughts and feelings to one another. Whether it stems from an increasingly disconnected world from tangible affections or an inability to remove oneself from a comfortable and passive lifestyle, Honeymilk put a playful yet conscious spin on our daily human interactions and relationships that are rendered worthy of consideration.
Trish Connelly is the Austin-based guru who does booking and promoting at Cheer Up Charlies under The Nothing Song. She’s always down to collaborate and plan a show or event in town. She’s an expert with mixtapes (for all musicians out there you’ll want to send her your stuff!), and making connections with the cool kids. You can follow her on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.