Sounds Like: Punchy love songs for rebellious former choir girls
For Fans of: Paramore, Rainer Maria, Pity Sex
Why You Should Pay Attention: Bound together by pop-punk — and by marriage — Bethlehem, Pennsylvania pianist Carly Comando and drummer Tom Patterson comprise one of the most unique rock bands in the United States. After the departure of their former bandmates, members of Long Island heroes Latterman, the band powered through as a two-piece, and eventually as a couple. They made a banner showing at this year's SXSW, where they plugged their fourth full-length album, Break, released this month on emerging indie/emo label Topshelf Records. Still, this wouldn't be the band's first date with success; Comando penned an original piano score entitled "Everyday," which accompanied the 2006 viral video, "Noah Takes a Photo of Himself Every Day For 6 Years." The song would later earn her an Emmy Award after being featured in a 2007 episode of The Simpsons.
They Say: "At this point we're feeling a lot of frustration with getting older and growing up," says Comando, 30. "People around us are dying, or they're stuck in shitty relationships. When me and Tom got married, we moved into a place that got infested with bed bugs — I wrote about it in "Lewlyweds." It was a psychologically disturbing experience! Still, we've been doing this thing for 10 years and we're only getting stronger. We're still here, we're still punk, or whatever we are.
"With Break we wanted to focus on breaks and breakthroughs, keeping it positive and trying new sounds. Tom is an incredible drummer, when he plays live he's an absolute monster. But in this record I told him, "Listen, you're so good but I almost want you to calm down a bit." I wanted to be more present this time around in my vocal melodies and lyrics. I've also been experimenting with more pedals to make a beefier sound; but because they're all made for guitars, it's a gamble. It's hard to figure out which pedals work with a keyboard. … Sometimes I try a new pedal and it makes this scary piercing sound, and I smell my amp burning and then I'm like, "Nuh-uh, nope."
Hear For Yourself: On latest single, "You," Comando nimbly bounds across the keys while maintaining a sturdy foundation of chunky bass and distortion; Patterson buoys the fuzz with brisk rhythms. Suzy Exposito