Donora to Release "Boyfriends, Girlfriends"
Tue, 16 Aug 2011 10:39:05
Jake Hanner met the future lead singer of the band Donora a few hours after she was born. He was disappointed she was a girl and cried. 18 years later, Jake got over it, and he and his sister Casey had their first practice as a band. Blessed be the familial ties that bind!
Now the brother/sister team, alongside bandmate Jake Churton, are releasing Boyfriends, Girlfriends, their infectious sophomore album that is poised to put the Pittsburgh trio on the musical map.
The band blends '80s slick-pop with '50s girl group bop, an alchemy that when layered under the band's upbeat lyrics leads to an assured exuberance, a whimsy contained on the record that Casey likens to having a "Disney" effect. Jake Hanner plays drums, triggers samples from his octapad, and sings backup, and Casey sings and plays bar chords on an old black and white Silvertone.
Aptly named, Boyfriends, Girlfriends is threaded through with a welcome honesty, a hard stare at love and the mythology that surrounds it. First single "The World Is Ours" is a jangle-pop anthem, a point-counterpoint tune that chugs through the elation of love with Casey's gauzy vocals, as Jake's provide a shot of realism. "And Then The Girls" is the best song the ‘80s never produced, equal parts synth chilliness and dance-pop warmth, chronicling the predisposition that most have to wait on an idealized version of love. "Mancini's Dance Hall" – based on the tales a local plumber has spun about his youth -- whirls open in sepia tones before turning into a full-on dance floor strut. Central to the album, and to the band's sound, is the notion that things can be both serious and fun, upbeat and important.
Now doesn't that sound like something you want to indulge in, stat?
Boyfriends, Girlfriends track listing is below.
1. The Story
3. The World Is Ours
4. Mancini's Dance Hall
5. Boom Boom
6. The Untouchables
7. And Then the Girls
8. Can Can
9. If You See My Boyfriend
10. Happily Ever After
Would you ever be in a band with your sibling?