Sunday, June 07, 2009
The Morning After Girls relocated from Melbourne to NYC about a year ago and they have been generating some considerable buzz with their Jesus and Mary Chain meets The Dandy Warhols sound. The band is readying their follow-up, Alone, to 2005's The Morning After Girls: Prelude EPs 1 & 2 which will be out later this year. As a 'teaser' for the upcoming full-length, the band released a 5-track maxi-single "The General Public" on iTunes last month.
"The General Public" was produced Alan Moulder (producer/engineer for Jesus & Mary Chain, Ride, My Bloody Valentine, etc.) and this disc has all of the ambiance of these early Creation Records bands. The disc clocks in at 25 minutes and contains three new songs and two remixes of "The General Public". The original version of "The General Public" opens with a wash of feedback and starts right in with the soaring guitars. What separates The Morning After Girls from many of its psychedelic contemporaries are Sacha Lucashenko's clear vocals and the vocals harmonies shared between Sacha and guitarist Martin B. Sleeman. There is real soul and emotion in these vocals and none of the disdain or bored detachment of some of the 80's psych/shoe-gazer bands.
The second tune, "Turn Away", comes across like one of the classics from The Zombies with its echo-drenched vocal harmonies. "Tomorrow's Time" is the most sparse track on the disc and it features a lonesome guitar twang that holds and twists each note and Sasha's breathy, world-weary vocals. The two remixes are interesting and the more compelling of the two is the "Stealth Club Remix" which add pulsing drum beats, keys, air-raid sirens and electronic squiggles for that BIG dance floor sound.
"The General Public" is available for $1.99 from iTunes.
The Morning After Girls' Website