The New Romance This Seattle quintet's vibrant second LP is hard to resist. It's all angular guitar riffs and drumbeats that pop, with electroclash keyboards making the occasional… 2003-09-09 Pretty Girls Make Graves
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The New Romance (2003)

Details Release Date: Sep 09, 2003; Lead Performance: Pretty Girls Make Graves

This Seattle quintet's vibrant second LP is hard to resist. It's all angular guitar riffs and drumbeats that pop, with electroclash keyboards making the occasional cameo. Singer Andrea Zollo has the wail power of Sleater-Kinney's Corin Tucker and Siouxsie Sioux's contained way of delivering jagged cadences. The lyrics are mostly about loneliness, misery, and, yes, romance, but the bracing music discourages self-pity. You would have been dancing to these songs at some dank club in the late '80s -- and you'll want to dance to them now.

Originally posted Sep 12, 2003 Published in issue #727-728 Sep 12, 2003 Order article reprints