Matthew Craig Burke 10 a.m., Sept. 4
Sound description: 1960s’ girl group gone punk, or the Replacements tearing through the Belle and Sebastian songbook.
RIYL: The Cardigans, Belle and Sebastion, Hole, the Runaways
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Influences: The Cardigans, the Smiths, Tom Waits, Morrissey, Courtney Love, the Replacements, Belle and Sebastian, Rookie Card, the Stereotypes
The three guys and a girl in Sweetness ruthlessly pillage from pop music of the last five decades, stripping it down to its essential hooks and curves, and melding it with lyrics about the longings, the pains, and the stupor of euphoric bliss that is life in your twenties. No styles are safe; Motown meets indie rock, folk meets honky tonk. It’s not pure confectionary syrupy pop. It’s shiny and dirty, and all about the highs of the young squandering life. It’s like the Replacements tearing through the Belle and Sebastian songbook.