Saturday, August 2, 2014

CD Review: Soon To Be Released Debut Albums From The Psycho Sisters And The Fauntleroys

It has been 22 years since Susan Cowsill (The Cowsills) and Vicki Peterson (The Bangles) first teamed up as The Psycho Sisters to tour Europe and the U.S. with Steve Wynn and Giant Sand. As their paths drifted separate ways, they would find each other once again in 2012 and while "not doing anything for a minute," the two decided to get into the studio to create an album together. The Psycho Sisters will finally be releasing their debut album "Up On The Chair, Beatrice" on August 5th through Rock Beat Records.

The new ten-song release begins with the wonderful harmonies of the storied lyrics of The Cowsills' original "Heather Says." The Psycho Sisters showcase a little funk to groove with "Timberline," before heading to the mainstream folk/rock appeal of "Never Never Boys." Their harmonies give strength to the country feel of "This Painting," before bringing back the pop/rock sound of The Bangles with "Fun To Lie." The album closes with a cover of Harry Nilsson's "Cuddle Toy" done with a little country flair and topped with more amazing harmonies.

To find out more about The Psycho Sisters, please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/pages/Psycho-Sisters-Social-Club.

One of the latest supergroups to combine their talents is The Fauntleroys, featuring Alejandro Escovedo, Ivan Julian, Nicholas Tremulis and Linda Pitmon. The names may not jump off of the screen at you, but these musicians had a hand is shaping the alternative punk movement in the late seventies and early eighties. Now they decided to join forces as The Fauntleroys and they will be releasing their debut album "Below The Pink Pony" on September 16th.

The short six-song release begins with "I'm In Love With Everything" as it seems as if they are feeling their way through this song, without the confidence to just "go for it." Their cover of the Incredible String Band's "Chinese White," showcases the band's raw force as Julian's guitar squeals in the background and Pitmon's drumming motors the song's energy. Lead singer Alejandro Escovedo feels right at home on "Stuck My Heart Out With A Straw" as the song could easily be mistaken for a cover of Iggy Pop and The Stooges. The experimental rhythm of "(This Can't Be) Julie's Song" has Tremulis's stamp on it, before the album closes with a classic sixties, psychedelic feel of "Take You Far Away."

To find out more about The Fauntleroys, please visit plowboyrecords.com/artists/the-fauntleroys.

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