Latest pick of cool
artist in our ongoing collaboration with Sonicbids. MP3 sample on the music
By Fred Mills
The BLURT staff put our heads (and ears) together and we
have the March pick for our Blurt/Sonicbids “Best Kept Secret”: it’s Polly
Mackey & the Pleasure Principle, based in Wrexham, England, and fresh from
a marathon 9-gigs-in-5-days romp through SXSW.
Drawing upon an impressive lineage of empowered female
frontpersons – from such classic rockers as Maggie Bell and Ann Wilson to the
punk and new wave era’s Patti Smith and Chrissie Hynde, and onward to the
contemporary milieu’s Alison Mosshart and Sharin Foo – Mackey and her band
deliver the hi-nrg powerpop goods with an impossible-to-ignore panache and
vivacity. Not for nothing are they our “Best Kept Secret.” But they won’t be a
secret much longer. (Oh, and did we mention that Mackey is only 17 years old?)
“We got quite a bit of
label interest at SXSW and even more since we got back,” says Mackey,
confirming that there’s definitely a buzz on for the group. “And we can’t wait
to get back in the studio to record more material. Basically, we’re keeping the
rest of the year open – hopefully ready to fill with festivals and a UK tour.”
We’ll have more of our interview with Mackey on Friday. Meanwhile,
you can check our BLURT radio if you want to hear an MP3 (“Seriously”) by the
band – just click on the music player image on the right hand side of our
homepage and scroll down for the song. Also check out the band’s MySpace page for more song samples – as Mackey hints, they’re in the process of sketching
out their first album – as well at tour dates and more. And congratulations to
the Pleasure Principle. They’re one of the good ‘uns, trust us.
Bands, go to www.sonicbids.com/blurtonline to submit and have us review your materials for feature consideration.
>Our November Best Kept Secret: The Handcuffs, from Chicago.
>Our December Best Kept Secret: Black Swan Green, from Brooklyn
>Our January Best Kept Secret: stephaniesĭd, from Asheville