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Coun­try mu­sic provo­ca­teurs Mad­die & Tae come out swing­ing

The China Post - - ARTS -

The coun­try duo Mad­die & Tae took on gen­der stereo­types in their first plat­inum sin­gle, “Girl in a Coun­try Song,” and now they are tar­get­ing another overused ef­fect in to­day’s coun­try mu­sic: elec­tronic drum ma­chines.

“Fake drums,” said Mad­die Mar­low, clench­ing her fists in mock anger. “I hate the fake drums. Those need to go away!”

Coun­try mu­sic’s young provo­ca­teurs came out swing­ing last sum­mer with their on-point crit­i­cism of lyrics that por­trayed women as sim­ply ob­jects of de­sire in cut­off jean shorts and bikini tops. Now that they’ve got ev­ery­one’s at­ten­tion, Mar­low, 20, and Tay­lor “Tae” Dye, 19, have got much more to say on their de­but al­bum, “Start Here,” out on Fri­day.

The two song­writ­ers from Texas and Ok­la­homa met at age 15 and found in­spi­ra­tion in the other fe­male artists known for start­ing trou­ble in coun­try mu­sic, the Dixie Chicks. But they never ex­pected “Girl in a Coun­try Song” to ever get played on ra­dio, much less make them the first fe­male duo to have a Top 10 coun­try song since 2007.

They wanted to fol­low up with a song that would be just as pow­er­ful, but also a true rep­re­sen­ta­tion of their har­mony-laden melodies and orig­i­nal lyrics.

“We were just try­ing to be ma­chines to put out some­thing that would live up to the first sin­gle,” Dye said. “And then fi­nally we were like, ‘Let’s stop ly­ing to our­selves and put some­thing out that we be­lieve in.’ It doesn’t mat­ter if it’s fast or slow.”

AP

A pi­ano once used by ABBA is dis­played at Sotheby’s auc­tion house in Lon­don, Thurs­day, Aug. 27. The grand pi­ano that fea­tured on many of ABBA’s big­gest hits is go­ing up for auc­tion in Lon­don. Sotheby’s is of­fer­ing the in­stru­ment, owned by the Stock­holm record­ing stu­dio where the Swedish pop group of­ten recorded.

AP

In this June 10 file photo, Tae Dye, left, and Mad­die Mar­low, of the mu­si­cal group Mad­die & Tae, per­form at the CMT Mu­sic Awards in Nashville, Ten­nessee. Coun­try mu­sic’s young provo­ca­teurs came out swing­ing last sum­mer with their on-point crit­i­cism of lyrics that por­trayed women as sim­ply ob­jects of de­sire in cut­off jean shorts and bikini tops. Now that they’ve got ev­ery­one’s at­ten­tion, Mar­low, 20, and Tay­lor “Tae” Dye, 19, have got much more to say on their de­but al­bum, “Start Here,” re­leased Fri­day, Aug. 28.

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