The New Bloods

The New Bloods

The New Bloods

The Secret Life

Kill Rock Stars

Portland’s The New Bloods make music as if the last decade never happened, Riot Grrrl is in full effect, Sleater Kinney has not split up yet, and Bikini Kill did not fade away into Le Tigre yet. It’s all there in the mix of The New Bloods, only this trio of ladies brings a violin to the table. It’s this addition that makes the band’s otherwise routine tunes stand out as something with a bit more depth…sometimes.

Osa Atoe’s string shredding, Adee Roberson’s tribal beats, and Cassia Gammill’s hypnotic bass pulses are the strengths on The Secret Life. When this album stays raw and jungle-like, as on “The Secret Life,” “Fast Asleep,” and “Oh, Deadly Nightshade,” it excites me. But, like many of the flawed Kill Rock Stars releases, the handful of great songs are buried beneath filler that should have been worked out in the studio or omitted altogether. “Day After Day” and “Behind Mountains” are perfect examples of why this genre burned out long ago. Songs should be songs, not spoken word experiments. It’s just plain dull.

The New Bloods:

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Recently on Ink 19...

  • Gary Wittner
    Gary Wittner

    Too Modern for Me. (Invisible Music Records) Review by Stacey Zering.

  • Willard Gayheart & Friends
    Willard Gayheart & Friends

    At Home in the Blue Ridge (Blue Hens Music). Review by Carl F. Gauze.

  • Alex McArtor
    Alex McArtor

    Touch/Are You Alone (Bigmac Records). Review by Stacey Zering.

  • Superstar

    Sex, drugs, adultery, murder and finally, redemption – it’s all intertwined in the tale of Trent Davis, the “star” of author Christopher Long‘s latest, Superstar.

  • Moloko Plus
    Moloko Plus

    Moloko Plus is a monthly experimental music event in Orlando, Florida.

  • General Magic
    General Magic

    General Magic invented the smart phone in 2002, but just couldn’t get it to market. That’s just how they rolled.

  • Blue October
    Blue October

    Alternative 90s rockers Blue October rolled into Central Florida for a two-night run at House of Blues, and Michelle Wilson was blown away.

  • Pahokee

    Pahokee produces sugar cane and poverty, but some the brighter students might make it to the big time with a college degree and a new zip code.

  • Sumo Princess
    Sumo Princess

    When An Electric Storm. (Educational Recordings) Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Laura Valle
    Laura Valle

    Charismatic. Review by Stacey Zering.

From the Archives