When Iain Pettifer (guitars) and Rebekah Raa (vocals/keys) first met in maths class they were wearing exactly the same clothes and quickly coupled over a mutual appreciation of introverted, romantic guitar music; not to mention a palpable sense of detachment from the cool kids. Rebekah spent her entire student loan on a guitar and 8 track recorder while Iain educated her with his extensive music collection including of a full set of Twisted Nerve 7”s and the complete works of Richard Hell. Soon joined by Kit Godfrey (drums) and Mike Hyland (bass), our heroes holed themselves up for hours on end, making and breaking songs about life and loss, love and desperation, hatred and hunger.
Defined by their clattering guitars, the scattergun pounding of the drums, basslines bursting with hooks and the strikingly voiced melodies of otherworldly front woman Rebekah Raa; Stricken City produce an indie-pop of hitherto untapped gems drawn from influences Talking Heads, Sonic Youth, Young Marble Giants and The Slits as well as those lost sources of alternative melodica Life Without Buildings, The Sundays and Bow Wow Wow.
Fresh off their US debut performances at CMJ, the debut by Stricken City, Songs About People I Know, is out this Tuesday, November 3rd. The US version also includes two bonus tracks, Tak o Tak and The Traveller and will be out on 180 gram color 45rpm vinyl and CD. Recommended!
Stricken City - Small Things
Stricken City @ MySpace
SONG OF THE DAY: Molina And Johnson: Almost Let You In
(from Molina And Johnson, out November 3rd on Secretly Canadian)
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