The term “garage rock” is sometimes passed around to denote a lack of quality or accessibility in a band’s sound. However, there is also a sense of purity and tradition in the genre, with the genesis of most major and influential movements in the rock and roll history originating in one corner of a basement or another. Straight from central Mass’ dirty burg, Sun Sister proudly parades their passports from Garageland with their premier EP, Rich American White Kidz; a four song shoegaze sample populated with songs of love and hate for junkies
Rich American White Kidz is also a surf/pop album produced with a loving amount of abandonment -- the production is low-fi, with a heavy focus on Stacy Baird’s phased-out vocals, which give the songs a distant and manic depressed feeling. Lyrically, the songs are reminiscent of such acts as The Velvet Underground, with first person looks at shady figures and burnouts with hearts.
The EP, out April 30 on the British-based indie label Tye Die Tapes, is now available for pre-order. Fans of shoegaze garage rock such as The Pillows, Plumtree, or The Moldy Peaches would be well off checking them out.--Anthony Geehan