Review by Lindsey Craun.
As a brand new band out of New York City, MAKE OUT kicks off their music career with a heavy dose of high-energy pop jams. The group’s debut EP, How To, comes out February 22, and showcases three songs that skew away from all the melancholy, thought provoking and, I’ll say it, boring music on today’s scene. This band’s primary goal is simply to get you up, dancing and having a badass time in the process.
The first track on the EP, “I Don’t Want Anybody That Wants Me,” sets the tone with a garage-rock tough girl feel. Lead vocalist Leah Hennessey, the stepdaughter of David Johansen of the New York Dolls, has a certain element of graininess to her voice that’s reminiscent of something we’d hear from The Donnas. “True Love Is Just Too Hard To Find” is super poppy with ’80s-like tings in the background. Though this song is short, it’s anything but sweet. Hennessey really throws her voice into this song; letting out blaring screams condemning the search for love, yet still manages to maintain the high-energy appeal. Like the two songs preceding it, you’ll find a fast-paced, upbeat and lighthearted song listening to “What U Doing Later?”
With only a small taste of what MAKE OUT has to offer thus far, it’s tough to say whether or not their carefree, fun vibe will take to today’s music scene. But while How To may have anything that will stop you in your tracks and induce an epiphany, it’s sure to get you up and moving.
Watch the video for “I Don’t Want Anybody That Wants Me” below: