Beatles-esque vocal harmonies meet clap-along rhythms in the latest number by the Los Angeles rock outfit Prima Donna, “Deathless”.
In the press materials for their new album, Nine Lives and Forty-Fives, the Los Angeles rock band Prima Donna are described as having a “curriculum [that] includes musical road trips with Eddie and the Hot Rods, Adam Ant, D-Generation and even Green Day, who they supported on two arena tours on two continents.” The influences of those groups are certainly evident in Prima Donna’s music, but on their latest number, “Deathless”, their vocal harmonies bring to mind an influence that few if any rock bands can escape: the Beatles. With this track, Prima Donna tips their cap to their forebears while adding their own driving verve and energy, with some excellent work on the low end by the bass playing of “Lights Out” Levine.
by Rachel Brodsky
With its “Saved By the Bell”-esque neon detailing, obvious lo-fi production, and ironic zoom-in/zoom-out camera trickery, Andy Gabbard’s “More” video could easily be written off as little more than a collection of gimmicks — good thing then that all of those visual aspects make the clip all the more charming. Playing off of the single’s three-chord simplicity and free-spiritedness (“[It’s] about being young and realizing you can do whatever you want,” Gabbard tells SPIN over email), the video is simply Gabbard — who some might recognize from his work in Cincinnati guitar-charged harmonizers Buffalo Killers. Go to SPIN for more
18. Paul Collins – “Feel the Noise”
One of the last of the class of ’79 who continues to proudly wave the power pop flag, Paul Collins is still down in the trenches, touring across the country and beyond and releasing excellent records such as this. Collins rocks like a man half his age on Feel the Noise, and his energy and enthusiasm is contagious. Two of the coolest tracks are ones that Collins has unearthed from the past: the outstanding, Nerves-era raver “Little Suzy” and the Collins-Steven Huff co-write “For All Eyes to See.” (Huff was a charter member of The Beat.) Other tracks worthy of repeated spins are the super-catchy “Only Girl”; “With a Girl Like You,” which sounds like it could have sprung from a Collins collaboration with the Searchers and Phil Spector; “Can’t Get You Off My Mind,” which recalls the Ramones’ “I Want You Around”; and the rollicking, Buddy Holly-ish “Baby I’m in Love With You.”