STOLEN BABIES - Naught

October 19, 2012, 7 years ago

(No Comment Records)

Kelley Simms

Rating: 8.0

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STOLEN BABIES - Naught

Accordion-playing, female-fronted oddballs STOLEN BABIES are a breed all its own. Since its 2006 debut album, There Be Squabbles Ahead, the band’s eclectic mix of rock, alt, punk, metal and avant-garde — decorated with Tim Burton-esque images — has defined the California band. Led by the luring vocals of charismatic frontwoman Dominique Lenore Persi, the band forges their unique weirdness on their sophomore effort, Naught, a mere six years after their debut. Taking elements of such eclectic influences as OINGO BOINGO, MR. BUNGLE, FISHBONE (whom drummer Gil Sharon has played for) and SWANS, the band create a concoction of musical weirdness that works well. Dominique’s vocals sway seamlessly from lush melodies to sinister black metal shrieks, eerie spoken word parts, melancholic passages and high-pitched harmonies. Twin brothers Gil (drum) and Rani (bass) Sharone and keyboardist Ben Rico lead the charge musically. The band’s swirling sounds, dark atmospheres and odd dynamic is comparable to a vaudeville act set to a horror movie— it brings you to the edge of your seat while never knowing what’s around the corner. With Naught, you can really sink your teeth into the songs. For the most part, the 13 tracks are short and to the point; outrageous, but not excessive. The novelty of being weird might have been a factor in the band’s early days, but on Naught, they have discovered themselves musically and are far more focused with their songwriting. The band is still off their rockers, but they put in a riveting performance.


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