Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Meet The Drendas!

Out of Norfolk we've got ourselves a bad girl punk/garage trio that gets it right! The Drendas channel the Runaways by way of the Pandoras and Shangri-Las. Maybe it's just Holly's original and very cool vocal style (imagine if Donita Sparks and Iggy Pop had had a child), or maybe it's that the band's debut EP was recorded in its practice space. But there's something about The Drendas that just rubs me the right way. They've got personality! 

Boy Trouble absorbs the aforementioned influences into a really primitive '70s punk style sound - simple song structures, thumping power chords, and a bad-ass disposition. Think early Ramones with a Joan Jett attitude. With snarling kiss-offs to unwanted suitors ("Problems"), cheating boyfriends ("Bad Boy"), and boys who've worn out their welcomes ("Get The Hook"), this EP lives up to its title and then some. And although The Drendas have been together for almost two years and are by no means sucky at their instruments, they have the smarts to sound like they just learned how to play! The Drendas show quite the knack for crafting catchy tunes (I especially love the use of backing vocals in "Get The Hook" and "Bad Boy"), but no one is going to accuse them of being "pop". This is a fun debut from a fun band - and I can't wait to hear more!


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