Like Lou Reed but wish he was less morose? Like Tokyo Police Club but wish it had a lot more bottom and depth? Like Vampire Weekend but wish it didn’t sound like a bunch of spoiled rich kids who’ve never lived a day?
Then The Twees are probably what you’re looking for.
Their 2011 EP “These Girls” is Strokesy guitar, gritty street bass, and vocals that truly sound like young Lou. There’s a lot you’ll find familiar, but it’s all wrapped up in a fresh and crisp package that makes the most of its parts, so that it’s neither derivative nor predictable.
I love this EP. I get about a dozen submissions a week. Many I don’t even get to hear all the way through. Others I like enough to review, but know I’ll never listen to again. This is the first submission of 2011 that I intend to actually keep.