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Halo Friendlies | Get Real | review | punk | Lollipop

Halo Friendlies

Get Real (Tooth & Nail)
by Scott Hefflon

Another chick punkpop band that bucks most of the pitfalls. Sure, they're cute, sure, they rock pretty well, sure they write pretty lil' peppy pop gems that, ya know, you can sing along with by the end of the song (meaning they're predictable but fun), but might take a few times listening to to really remember once they're done playing (means they're catchy, but not exactly distinct). The Muffs' Kim Shattuck produced the band, they're managed by Dance Hall Crashers' Elyse Rogers, and aside from tours with Tilt, No Use for A Name, Dance Hall Crashers, and more, one of this young band's claims to fame is their performance of "Run Away" on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Kinda like Letters to Cleo (the voice behind Josie & the Pussycats, in case you're new) with Dance Hall Crashers harmonies, lacking the umph (and songwriting near-genius) of Bif Naked, but they're far more vibrant than the always-kinda-flat'n'unenthusiastic Donnas, and infinitely better than Saraha Hotnights, who you just know lots of people are gonna fall for... Dumb name and probably a band that'll stay relatively unknown cuz TRL losers don't know anything they're not spoonfed, but these girls deserve to be an underground hit cuz they have the looks, the chops, and actually cohere as a band, not just some diva with a backing band. Give this band the right push, and they'll be on teen movie soundtracks in no time.
(PO Box 12698 Seattle, WA 98111)  


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