Sarabeth Eve Linden has such a bad ass voice that she could literally sing probably anything. Like, if she lent her pipes to the 1970′s “Wouldn’t You Like To Be A Pepper Too?” Dr. Pepper song, it would peel your cap off. I’ve been telling anyone who will listen for awhile now about this lady and her band of rowdy, riff happy time machine studs TOWER (ie:Philippe Arman: BASS, James Danzo: GUITAR, Zak Penley: GUITAR and Justin Sherrell: DRUMS) . They rage and vibe like some gang from an alternate Universe where rock never got watered down and no mistakes of the last thirty plus years were ever made, but they also have modern punch and bite to their material. Every song I have heard them put out has a ton of soul and even when, as on new single “Party (Ready To Roll)”, Sarabeth sings basically just about partying…she SELLS that shit with fire that would make Andrew WK feel like he was slackin’ on spreading the good time gospel.
I’ve felt for awhile now that these cool (but not in a dorky hipster way) kids are the best band in NYC right now and it is fucking awesome they inked a supportive deal with The End Records, the respected NYC label that is having a stellar year with some killer releases like Tournament and Daniel Lioneye’s newest. Tower were so overdue for a full length though that it may actually balance the force in a way Anakin Skywalker never quite managed now that it is imminent (due Oct. 28!). The group feel like they are really about teamwork or the “group” vibe that made, say, The New York Dolls , Ramones or Kiss or other classic groups so appealing in their definitive years, despite having a vocalist who obviously can command attention (and that is not just an exploitative comment on her looks and fashion sense, seriously. I put their demo on a year end list alongside fucking Kendrick Lamar a year or so back based on the strength of Sarabeth’s psychotically awesome voice and how hard the band committed to backing that shit with powerful riffage, and that was one of their EARLIER songs).
This band is only getting better, which is kinda scary. If it was an era where people properly worshipped rock n roll like they oughta, people would be making pilgrimages just to bring this band 12 packs of beer and get autographs. Hopefully that happens anyway.
Read my chat with Sarabeth below and have a wonderful weekend, pirates.