Talu­lah Does the Hula: swing­ing, gum-chew­ing, swag­ger­ing suave­ness

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You have to won­der just what Rob Mur­tiff would make of this new Dublin in­die-glam out­fit step­ping out of the shad­ows. A fam­ily court judge in New Zealand, Mur­tiff took is­sue with a fam­ily last year for call­ing one of their kids Talu­lah Does The Hula From Hawaii.

“The court is pro­foundly con­cerned about the very poor judg­ment that this child’s par­ents have shown in choos­ing this name,” said Mor­tiff, be­fore or­der­ing the then nine-year-old child to be placed into court guardian­ship so her name could be changed. “It makes a fool of the child and sets her up with a so­cial dis­abil­ity and hand­i­cap.”

But the all-girl-and-adrum­mer-called-Mike band saw that name as the per­fect moniker to en­cap­su­late what they were do­ing. Fea­tur­ing ex-mem­bers of The Chalets and Neo­su­per­vi­tal, Talu­lah Does The Hula (from Dublin) are prob­a­bly the sassi­est new en­trants of the year round th­ese parts.

While their pre­vi­ous out­fits were all too of­ten a case of smart ideas fail­ing to find smarter tunes, both sides of the equa­tion are cov­ered with great panache here.

Su­gar-sweet har­monies which soar up, up and away? Check. Swing­ing, gum-chew­ing, swag­ger­ing suave­ness to knock your pop socks off? Check. Sunny-side-up melodies ripped, re­cy­cled and re­spun from be­neath the armpits of giants such as The Shangri Las and The Ra­mones? That would be a darn toot­ing large check too.

De­but sin­gle Bad Boyfriend/Those Girls is the first place they get to show off th­ese aces. Both tunes pack the kind of non­cha­lant heat last en­coun­tered when biker gangs were roam­ing retro din­ers on sum­mer nights in search of cheap milk­shakes. We can see the video al­ready.

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