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Posted on Saturday, January 06, 2007 @ 08:19:36 UTC
Artist: The Histrioniks
CD: About This Girl
Home: Baltimore, Maryland
Style: Indie/Roots Rock
Quote: "A gritty look at coming of age with all the turmoil and mood swings you’d expect from a story about the teenage years."
By Charles Martin
“I popped my anger cherry, Pop!”
A great line that typifies what goes so right with this indie roots rock offering from The Histrioniks entitled About This Girl.
The two-person group was more subdued on their debut album, but for their follow-up, they put down the acoustic guitars and plugged into the amps, hoping to give their sound more oomph. The result is a gritty look at coming of age with all the turmoil and mood swings you’d expect from a story about the teenage years. Its not unadulterated angst though; the melodies are simple, the songs are fun, and the vocals never devolve into growls and screams ... unlike the teenage years.
The aforementioned lyric from the song “Anger Cherry” taps into classic surf rock for a curiously playful song about God knows what.
“Whiskers A Go-Go” shows how far the group is plunging into the early rock and roll shtick, and it suits them well. The songwriter, Larry Levy, knows how to sell the image too, with wonderfully kitschy lines such as “This cat is like the cat’s meow.”
The few missteps on the album are the result of the group falling back into their earnest singer/songwriter mode, such as on “Picture Perfect Disrepair” which slows the album’s bouncing melodies to a dreary crawl.
A little reinvention can do wonders for a band, and with some resilient touring and a few extra musicians to help with the backing vocals and rhythm section, The Histrioniks should reap the rewards of their new sound.
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