Name: Adam Bernard Home: Fairfield, Connecticut, United States About Me: Entertainment journalist with 15+ years of experience. Supporter of indie music. Lover of day baseball, fringe movies, & chicken shawarma. Part time ninja. Nerdy, but awesome. See my complete profile
This week’s NYC Scene Report features a pop-punk tune by Talay about living with your parents, “nu-wop” trio PEP getting their Betty Boop on, something “Unforgettable” from the Frankel Sisters, and a track with bite from indie rockers Monograms.
* More and more college grads are stuck living with their parents, and if you happen to be one of those folks, NYC’s Talay has your anthem with her new single “Parents’ House.”
A playful pop-punk tune about less than ideal living conditions, Talay – who some may recognize from the all-girl Guns N’ Roses tribute band, Guns N’ Hoses – goes through the ups and downs of living rent free, but with two extra sets of eyes on you at all times.
“Parents’ House” is off of Talay’s upcoming self-titled EP, which is due out June 2nd, and you can check out the song, and video, right here.
* Brooklyn-based “Nu-Wop” trio PEP have a new single, titled “As Lovers,” and an accompanying lyric video that features some classic Betty Boop animation.
In a statement, PEP said of the song, and the clip, "'As Lovers' is one of the darker songs on the album, and we've always thought Betty Boop, while presumably meant to be playful and jolly, has an eerie, and even borderline psychedelic, vibe. So we looked up Betty Boop footage, and we were amazed when we stumbled across this video, which matched perfectly with our music and lyrics!"
PEP, who put a modern spin on doo-wop, and three part harmony, are currently prepping an EP that will be released later this year. While we wait for the EP, we can all enjoy “As Lovers.”
* Speaking of acts that employ three part harmony, over the past few years the Frankel Sisters have been making a name for themselves both in their NYC stomping grounds, and throughout the country.
Thanks to numerous appearances at local venues, and on shows such as The X-Factor, and The Voice, the sister duo of Jaymee and Lianne, who perform with their vocalist/guitarist father, Josh, have seen a huge boost to their notoriety, and come this summer they’ll be releasing their debut EP.
Check out this clip of the Frankel Sisters performing their original song “She’s Unforgettable” to get a taste of what’s to come from this talented trio that keeps it all in the family.
* Indie rock band Monograms started as a solo bedroom project of Brooklyn musician Ian Jacobs, but over the course of time it’s grown into a four piece band, and on April 21st that band will be releasing a new EP, titled Silencer
Silencer will feature four tracks, recorded over the past year, each with a different lineup. The lead single is “Sharp Teeth,” a loud rock tune that, much like its name, has some serious bite.
Check it out, and rock out to Monograms.
For more of the best of NYC’s indie music scene, come back next Wednesday, and check out the archives for previous columns.
B-Listers are a select group of artists that were featured in my Artist Of The Week series that ran every Monday from April of '06 to April of '11. All of these artists have two things in common; extreme talent, and a flight path far too under the radar for my liking. They took on the title of B-Listers as they embraced being featured by me, Adam B. Check out the AOTW Archives for all the interviews.