The Zebras hail from Brisbane, Australia. The five-piece has released two albums under Mark Monnone's (The Lucksmiths) Lost and Lonesome label. Their jangly guitar-pop should be true ear-candy for fans of The Bats, The Go-Betweens and Teenage Fanclub.
Glass Candy, a no wave threesome from Portland, is clearly one of my favourites when it comes to frosty and neurotic disco beats. In times where there is just too much of that trendy dancerock, it's fun to see everyone developing their own unique sound to make sure they differ. Glass Candy sounds minimal and insecure (almost like it's all not finished yet) on the rhythm section which makes it dramatic and tense, though the front lady Ida No (who sounds enigmatically alike to (camp-)icons like Nico or Siouxsie) with her squeals make the whole band sound as loud as a proper garagerock should (go find some similarities with YYY's when listening to 'love love love'). To get a clue about their notorious liveshows one should click here. A goofy video for 'Nite Nurses' is here.
I had a chance to see Juvelen playin live in December at Stockholm's Pet Sounds bar, where he was performing to about 40-50 people. Dude had an aura equal to Justin or Prince i must say, it was sexy and smooth and full of coooolness. He had even worked out his very own dancemoves (check out that foot-behind-another thingie from the vid below). The only poor thing about the show was the lack of liveness in it, though the iPod on stage justified itself in a silly way too. It was kinda odd when i saw the videoclip of him standing on the stage of Swedish Radio Awards P3 Guld in January, playin his "Hanna" as a debutant of the year! I'm glad Juvelen is going to be huge, now that HYBRIS has released his EP. "The good name of pop music will be restored, and sexy will once again be the shit."