When The Shondes released The Garden (Exotic Fever 2013), frontwoman Louisa Solomon said it was «an album about growing up,» and she had no idea how right she was. Rolling Stone's 4-star review dubbed it «Riot-grrrl furor, arena bombast and klezmer stomp,» while The Washington Post said: «Every time I've seen The Shondes, a hurricane has touched down. Violinist Elijah Oberman rocks his instrument like the world is ending. Louisa Solomon sings like her soul is leaping out of her mouth. Every time I wondered when the band would break big.» With this game-changing wave of critical praise, followed by a national tour with punk legends Against Me!, the scrappy, heart-on-their-sleeves New Yorkers were truly coming into their own, and they set right to work on their follow-up, Brighton (Exotic Fever 2016).
On this record we find the band delivering their signature power hooks, charming group harmonies, and clap-along breakdowns with a new ease and sophistication. It feels lighter, more confident, less forced; where they once fought for hope, willed anthems into being, they now sound effortlessly alive. This is in no small part due to the founding pair (best friends Oberman and Solomon) alighting on the right lineup. Drummer Alex Smith and guitarist Courtney Robbins were both recruited in 2015, with Robbins relocating from Tucson. There is an unmissable and even magical cohesion among the four, as though with this level of musicianship, a burden has lifted and the music can finally bloom into the satisfying, spirited pop-rock it always wanted to be. They have been described as «Bruce Springsteen-meets-Bikini Kill,» and on Brighton they add serious pop appeal to the formula that will have you punching your fist in the air despite yourself.
Driving rhythms, pretty harmonies, and catchy riffs that will take you back to the 90's