Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Stolen Hearts establish themselves with excellent EP

Artist: The Stolen Hearts
Title: Heart Collector EP
Label: Douchemaster Records
Release date: May 28, 2009
Vinyl color: The first 100 were white

The Stolen Hearts establish themselves as a key part of Atlanta's new wave of punk and powerpop groups with this, their debut EP.

Like most of their contemporaries, this band brings some familiar faces to the stage, as Adrian Barrera (The Hiss, Barreracudas, Gentleman Jesse) and Greg King (The Carbonas, Frantic, G.G. King)are the band's guitarists. Fellow Stolen Hearts Ashley, Rachel, and Michelle are in their first band, but by no means are they weak links of this powerpop quintet.

The opening seconds of "Heart Collector" sound similar to a classic girl group song, and the band does not stray far from that formula after things kick into high gear. This should come as no surprise because '60's rock aficionado Randy Michael recorded the entire EP and former Booze bassist Wes Flowers plays organ on this track.

Ashley's no-longer-hidden talent as a vocalist is the real treat here, though this song is so catchy you'll probably be singing over her by the third spin.

"Fire" begins the flipside, and it is deceptively upbeat for a song with such vengeful lyrics. A beautifully-sung cover of The Sponsors' "In and Out" wraps up this release.

If you like girl-fronted pop, do not drink away all of your money at this band's next show, because you need a copy of this EP.

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