Don't bat those lashes at me!
I recently got a hold of a pretty good cd from a group called The Lashes. These six young men write and perform some of the smartest, catchiest power-pop style punk today without sounding trite or retro. Listening to them you're reminded of classic bands like The Babies and The Raspberries as well as band favorites The Strokes, The Libertines and The Exploding Hearts. While The Lashes wear their influences on their sleeves - or their ripped jeans more accurately - their own distinctive style and character is what you notice. They're scruffy sweet boys playing undeniably well crafted but also scruffy pop music about break-ups and make-outs. They formed in Seattle in 2000 but half of the band has known each other since high school. Lead singer and songwriter Ben Lashes' own musical aspirations go back even further to listening to Beatles' records and writing songs with his father as a boy. None of The Lashes are originally from Seattle - they all moved there to form bands but found the incestuous and exclusive scene difficult to infiltrate. Their alienation, desire to play music, and love for each other have made The Lashes a tight unit - best friends that are intensely loyal.
I'd love to offer up a full download of their debut "Get It" produced by John Goodmanson (Sleater-Kinney, Blonde Redhead) but the disc is copy protected, my biggest complaint with this disc. The only way to play the tracks is using the included media player that automatically starts up when you insert the disc into a computer. I had varied success playing this in standard cd players. My cheapo stereo at work had no problems with it but when I tried to play it in the factory 6-disc changer in my Jeep it wouldn't recognize it. I'm enjoying the music though and it's definitely an album worth checking out. The best I can do is link to their "media player" which will preview 30 second clips of all the songs on the album along with a music video for the song "Sometimes the Sun".