Throw Me the Statue, Brunettes, Nurses | Subterranean | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Throw Me the Statue, Brunettes, Nurses Recommended Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Critics' Picks

When: Sat., Aug. 29, 9:30 p.m. 2009

When the twee-pop revolution comes—it’ll be bloodless, of course—I want to be on the Brunettes’ side. They know what they’re doing: their tunes go right up to the edge of lethally sweet but don’t cross the line. I would say they’re saccharine, but the Brunettes come from New Zealand, and that’s just how Kiwi pop bands roll—with perfect, triumphant hooks doused in fuzz and some honey-voiced woman working over the bones of 60s pop sha-la-la. The Brunettes’ music is cute, but it doesn’t sound like that’s all they’re aiming for—it’s not cloying. What you get are big Technicolor bursts of happy, perky electro-pop laid out on a garage-rock template, which also shows itself in the sly undercurrent of horny-teenager vibes beneath the thunderous hand claps (see also Belle & Sebastian). Throw Me the Statue headlines; the Brunettes and Nurses open. —Jessica Hopper

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