Thursday, September 16, 2010

Dressed in Dresden

Song: Dressed in Dresden
Artist: The Hundred in the Hands
Album: The Hundred in the Hands

The Hundred in the Hands are a a New York City-based duo comprised of boy/girl team Eleanore Everdell and Jason Friedman.  They formed based on a love for Old School Hip-Hop, French House and Disco, as well as Punk, British Mod, and Girl Groups ranging from the 60's to the 80's.  They recorded a single in a couple days, "Dressed in Dresden," released it online, and quickly got it released on a UK label, where they soon were playing shows.  They began putting together their self-titled debut, working out what their sounds was going to be, got a deal at Warp Records, which is releasing their debut later this month.

"The Hundred in the Hands" bursts with a myriad of influences... it's an indie-rock record with electro influences, or a dance record with punk undertones, or maybe simply a pop record... at times they even sound like an updated Siouxsie and the Banshees.  The album is immediate, catchy, and bares an 80's influence that is less wink-wink ironic and more classic New Wave Rock.  I've been really really digging this over the past week, finding more and more songs that I really like.  It's a varied record that bursts with influences from the past, yet sounds very modern.

That initial single, "Dressed in Dresden," sounds a bit like a female-fronted Franz Ferdinand, while opener "Young Aren't Young" gives me a bit of a more-lush VHS or Beta.  "Pigeons" reminds me of Ladyhawke, and "Commotion" has a bit of U2 and Siouxie.  Really good stuff.

I am HIGHLY recommending this record, and think we might be hearing a lot about this band heading into the new year.  Very exciting stuff.  You can check out more about the band at their MySpace Page.


Dressed in Dresden


Young Aren't Young

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