Roll over, Dick Taylor, and tell Gerry Roslie the news.
Straight outta Tucson, by way of stints in NYC
and L.A., are
The Modeens, whose moderne twist on
garage ‘n’ psych is simultaneously distaff – courtesy vocalist/bassist Cristina
Williams, who brings Chrissie Hynde sass and Mary Weiss class to the table –
and thuggish, with brawny R&B and muscular riffage galore. Williams shares
mic duties with guitarist Jamie Laboz, the two also collaborating on
songwriting duties, and the resulting sonic yin/yang makes for one of the most
compelling and pleasant surprises to arrive this year.
And boy oh boy, does this six-songer – the followup to last
year’s Take A Ride With The Modeens, it’s streaming in its entirety at the band’s website – push
all the right buttons, from the high-velocity pop of the title track to the
kinetic Nuggets chug of “Losin’ My
Way” (which boasts a great psychedelic coda featuring organ, violin and
effects) to the Yardbirds/Pretty Things/Downliners Sect raveup that is
“Something On My Mind.” Meanwhile, just to top things off, they close with a
dead-on take of “Steppin’ Stone,” complete with harmonica, and while hundreds
and thousands of groups have covered the Boyce & Hart classic over the
years, The Modeens achieve the near-impossible task of breathing new, vital
life into it – they inhabit the
Meet your new favorite band. They’re already mine.
My Way,” “Something On My Mind,” “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone” FRED MILLS