Har­lem Shakes: Prep-pop

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Cover Story -

It’s preppy pop time again. While we wait for Vam­pire Week­end to fin­ish col­lege... sorry, their sec­ond al­bum, there are a new bunch of su­per-smart pop tarts wait­ing to meet you round the back of the bike shed.

In fact, there are so many lines to be drawn be­tween the two acts that the more cyn­i­cal New Mu­sic tip­sters have re­named this lot Vam­pire Bank Hol­i­day Week­end.

Wilt­ing sar­casm aside, we’re re­ally dig­ging the Shakes this weather. Straight out of Brook­lyn, they trade in swing­ing har­monies, sexy hooks, hy­per­ac­tive jan­gles and das­tardly up­beat in­die-pop grooves.

Tracks such as Strictly Game, with a lovely brassy ve­neer to boost the oomph fac­tor, make their de­but al­bum Tech­ni­color Health an al­bum with a hugely like­able pep to its step.

It’s also an al­bum in which the band dis­play sim­i­lar pa­tience to a small child in a sweet­shop with re­gard to mix­ing and match­ing dif­fer­ent mu­si­cal styles.

The band have ironed out any kinks in their live show via gigs with Vam­pire Week­end (of course), Arc­tic Mon­keys, Wire, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and oth­ers, as well as some ex­cel­lent shows at this year’s South By South­west band-athon. Next stop: Europe.

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