The Halo Friendlies
Artist: The Halo Friendlies
Label: Jackson-Rubio Recordings
The young Jackson-Rubio label is really earning my respect, consistently putting out unique, creative, talented bands mostly outside of mainstream trends--Havalina Rail Co., Thee Spivies, the Merbabies... and now the Halo Friendlies. The four groovy girls who make up the band (Havalina frontman and Jackson-Rubio head honcho Matt Wignall's wife being one of them) have taken the beats and attitudes of 80s New Wave and the indie rock/punk sounds of today, added a dash of surf rock, and have thrown it all in a blender. Mmmm mmm good...it's the best-tasting "alternative" album I've had in awhile, for sure. The girls share vocals at times and go solo at others, shouting and squealing with plenty of spunk and sass when they rock, and singing smooth and sultry when they lay back and relax.
And what do they sing about? Boys, boys, and more boys...boys to be lovesick over, boys met at punk shows (like "Jackie Chan"!), boys who hurt them, boys who are just a "flake-o on my scalp-o!" Lest you think these chicas are without substance, though, there's "Cry of Job":
Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ash
Where is my hope and comfort?
By Josh Spencer