Artist: Sweater Girls
Title: Sweater Girls Were Here
Released: Sept. 25, 2012
Label: Happy Happy Birthday To Me
Genre: indie rock, indie pop, garage, shoegaze
Happy Happy Birthday To Me once again showcase a dazzling star of a release with the upcoming album from Sweater Girls. The release is slated for a release this September, so you’ll have plenty of time to get excited.
The breed of indie rock here is an interesting fusion between shoegaze and garage, giving the band a sound like someone tossed Silversun Pickups in a blender with the Breeders but with a slight punk edge. The vocals are smooth and easy, giving a somewhat gentle feel to things without compromising the lyrics.
“Fast Forward,” “Fred,” “Pretty When You Smile,” “Fingers Crossed,” “Space Crush,” and “Sticks and Stones” are all standouts. I know that’s just a bit over 75% of the album, but you’d be hard pressed to find any spots here that don’t fit or slow things down a bit too much. The writing is top notch, ranging the stage from songs about break up / wanting to break up to and about trying to solve messes in a relationship, amongst other things. This all comes off sounding fresh despite being a common theme in music. There’s no trace of fatigue and the subject matter doesn’t come off as stale.
I know yet again, my review has fleshed out to be a short one, but what more can I really say about this piece? The blending of indie rock, indie pop, garage and a slight dash of punk makes this record worth getting, aside from the top notch writing. Happy Happy Birthday has another superb group on their roster and you had best check them out. You have plenty of time to reserve a copy so there’s no excuse!
4.6 out of 5.