As soon as this indie band from Hertfordshire, England stepped on the scene 3 years ago I was singing their praises. Mentioning them to anyone who cared to listen. Their radio hit “Paris” called out to me, as Ive always wanted to live there. Ever since I was a little girl as my mom recalls.
I saw these guys perform at Lees Palace and the show was nothing less than epic. I danced and sweat more than I ever have at a show and lost my voice part way through. I have this band to thank for bringing back soul and funk to indie pop. And now their second album has been released. Im speechless. Im an 80s girl at heart, grew up listening to Anita Baker, Michael McDonald, Kool and the Gang…you name it I heard it. And this second album has all my favorites rolled into one. I cant wait to see them perform at Phoenix next week. Time to put on my dancing shoes.
LA born Pat Grossi has infused 80’s synth pop with a choir boy sound. A former member of the Philadelphia Boys Choir, Grossi has managed to infuse his high tenor vocals with impressive electronic soundscapes. I fell in love with his track “When Your love is Safe”. You almost feel like you’re at a slow dubstep party…in a church basement.
I don’t remember when or where it happened, but Ive fallen in love with Australian indie pop. The first band to pull on my proverbial “heart strings” was Van She. Their use of synths, cool catchy tunes, and easy on the eyes looks had me at once. ”Kelly” was the first song I heard by them, followed by the ever so sexy, makes you wanna take of your clothes track “So High”.
And just when I thought it couldn’t get any better I discovered that their bass guitarist, Matt Van Schie, has a solo album. Amazing stuff! His EP Balmy Nights features my favorite track “Journey”. I dont know how he did it but the video and the song go together perfectly. Talk about musical synergy. This mans a genius. His hipster retro style and boyish good looks captivate male and female followers but its his sweet sensual bedroom voice that makes his slow jams praiseworthy.