I’ve been holding onto this blog post for awhile waiting for summer to arrive…and after an awesome weekend with great friends, I feel like a kid ready to break out of school for the year. Unfortunately, I’m an adult with a full-time job and playing hookey for the summer probably wouldn’t go over so well.
That, however, did not stop me from immediately digging on Chasing Pedestrians, a band from Huntersville, North Carolina, when they opened for my loves Sequoyah Prep School a few months back. I managed to catch about two minutes of their set at Strawberry Festival, too. These kids are just plain summer fun. Think Nelly Furtado meets the Cranberries meets Reel Big Fish – it’s not ska, it’s not rock, and it’s not rap, but it’s got the best parts of all three genres. This young act is quite the ensemble – complete with a horn section. Lead singer Michaela Amato, who also plays keys, sells this band – she is adorable, spunky, and has a voice that is to-die-for! It’s modern day beach music that is sure to please your ears.
You can pick up their EP, Suddenly, We’re Older, on their Bandcamp page for the bargain-basement price of $0 – that’s right, kids, FREE. “Brighter Day” is MADE for pool days (and Caribbean sailing, but that’s going to have to wait until February for me), and I absolutely ADORE “Tambourine Song,” a little bit of a slower song with tinges of The Cranberries. While you’re downloading though, you should also pick up their self-titled 2010 EP on iTunes. “Can’t Tie Me Down,” “Anthropology” and “Summer Song” will inspire epic dance parties – I promise.
Here’s a little video I found on YouTube of their Strawberry Festival performance of “Tanked Outside” off Suddenly, We’re Older. Thanks to WestArt for posting. Dig it, then go study up on Chasing Pedestrians.