Last week, Richmond’s EggHunt Records along with Negative Fun Records in NC, sent me a sweet pink limited edition cassette of the recently released debut EP, Double Loser, from the Greensboro, North Carolina female surf pop band, Daddy Issues.
But don’t worry if you don’t have a cassette player, or if your Sony Walkman bit the dust 20 years ago. Each tape comes with a code for a digital download.
I do have a cassette player built into my humble turntable setup, but because I’m still traumatized by my tapes getting “eaten” back in the day, I opted to give it a listen digitally.
This tape is just too damn sweet to risk becoming a snack for my machine.
First of all, my initial thought was that I really wanted to like this because Daddy Issues might just be the best band name ever for an all female group.
So with fingers crossed, I popped on my headphones and gave it a whirl.
Here’s the breakdown—
The first fourteen seconds of track one,”Sex On The Beach,” starts with a strong bass line followed by drums, then sweet jangley guitar, topped off with some soft “whoo,hoo hoo hoo” vocals.
Catchy out of the gate, I immediately started doing that head bob thing I do when I really like something.
Lyrically, it had me imagining a creature from the black lagoon type character walking out of the night surf ready for some serious, beach action. Don’t be surprised if by the end of the track, you taste a hint of sea salt on your lips.
Track two, “So Hard,” is a fun, hook filled, surfy, hormone raging, daydream about what’s going to happen when you see that guy of yours again. “Coming through the door, panties hit the floor. Parents home, but I don’t care.”
Hell yeah, lets hear it for hormones, ya’ll.
Track three (and my favorite), “Let’s Go To The Mall,” is about a day of skipping school and going to the mall back when it was the place to be. The opening lines, “Take your mama’s car. Meet me at the monkey bars. Speeding all the way to the mall— to steal a copy of Annie Hall,” had me breaking out into a full on grin, while making me wonder if someone found my old high school diary.
It’s a fun ride that might make some of you suddenly crave Orange Julius.
The fourth and final track, “Lethal Dose,” is an addictive, soft, fuzzy ode to a lover that you just can’t get enough of.
Happily, I found the four song debut by Daddy Issues to be just as cool as the group’s name. Double Loser is deliciously risqué lyrically, but with a keen subtleness . And rather than beating you over the head, it’s presented in a sexy, hook filled, surf pop, pink package with a slow simmering kind of steaminess, combined with gorgeous vocals and a sense of humor.
Sometimes a whisper can hit harder than a scream, if you catch my drift.
To get a sweet pink limited addition cassette (with digital download) of your very own, head on over to EggHunt Records asap as these cassettes are going fast.
If you are more of a straight up digital download type, head over to EggHunt Records Bandcamp page and grab the download there.