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Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania:

Drink Up Buttercup



CITY: Pennsylvania
SONG TO DOWNLOAD:

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CITY: Philadelphia
SONGS THAT GOT US: "Seasickness Pills"
MYSPACE ADDRESS: myspace.com/drinkupbuttercupband
RECORD LABEL: Yep Roc

WHY THEM? The four biggest Tom Waits sea-shanty dweebs at American Apparel in Philly got together and started a band, but guess what? You will love these alleyway anthems more than any of those street-wisened tastes of yours can take. DUB lead sweaty audiences through irreverent jams live like a drunk Richard Simmons. Trash-can drums, junk-store guitars, and AM-radio operatic singing all tumble into their rickety dance pop, which leans more towards sun-bleached '60s harmonies than the hellfire funhouse sound of their old neighbors in Man Man. This is no precious nod to the past — it's just as immediate as the most obnoxious basement throwdown. Just add, like, melodies.

BONUS BIT! Bassist Ben Mazzochetti allegedly makes a bit of extra cash on the side fixing up and selling used Nintendo consoles.