I'm still working my way through all of the CDs sent over by Waterslide records to review. It's just crazy how many great records were in this batch. Next up is another hit: Pale Lips.
I fully realize I beat this comparison to death, and for that I apologize, but the band that Pale Lips most remind me of is Baby Shakes. I'll say it again, this is absolutely a compliment as Baby Shakes are one of my very favorites. Pale Lips employ a similar vintage rock and roll sound with wonderful vocal harmonies. The songs have those simple, but powerful bubblegum hooks, but Pale Lips take it in a slightly different direction.
What separates Pale Lips from the pack is that their songs tend to sound a bit tougher than other bands going down this path. To use a vintage reference, Pale Lips sound like they're from the wrong side of the tracks. A group of bad ass ladies that are beating up on their instruments instead of the dorks in their neighborhood. That being said, the songs that leap out as my favorites tend to be the bouncier ones like "Jangaroo," "Mary Lou Sniffin' Glue" and "Romanne."
Pretty much like everything I've reviewed from Waterslide, this is definitely worth a listen. It's another band that I'm not sure would have ended up on my radar had a copy not been sent over.
Pale Lips - Wanna Be Bad: