A couple of years ago, a fresh wave of local bands popped up in area suburban high schools. Acts like Victory For Poland, the Cascos and Brimstone Blondes were offering a wide-eyed take on indie-pop, garage and new wave/post-punk, respectively, giving the local music scene a glimpse of what the near future may hold.
Sadly, as with many high school birthed acts, once members took that walk across the graduation stage, most tend to fizzle out as freshman orientation takes precedent over band practice.
While Victory For Poland and Cascos are on what feels like a permanent hiatus, Brimstone Blondes has kept on going. Led by Matthew Danger Lippman, the four-piece displays a swagger and confidence that takes many acts years to develop. Not even old enough to buy beer, Lippman may be the most charismatic frontman in Buffalo, the possible love child of David Byrne and Fred Schneider of the B52s.
Before the bandmates returned to campuses scattered across the state of New York, the quartet celebrated the release of its debut LP, “AGE OF CONSENT” (Admirable Traits), late in the summer to a full house at Buffalo Iron Works.
“AGE OF CONSENT” was recorded with Brandon Schlia of local DIY label, Steak and Cake, in the basement of Gate Circle Liquor.
“The record was really inspired by our general distaste for indie rock modesty,” Lippman said of the album. “The ‘90s turn toward flannel shirts instead of make-up on rock stars was no doubt an exciting and abrasive change in fashion, but circa 2014 it just means that all the indie rockers are stiff, ceaselessly polite and awkward on stage. We really got inspired by swag rap and glam rock and Prince and even Miley Cyrus – they command attention with their brashness, and they do it unapologetically.”
And with the fall semester beginning to reach its end, Brimstone Blondes has begun to prep its latest single, “Afterparty,” a drunken and lonely take on listening to R Kelly’s “Ignition [Remix]” on a cold Saturday night. The band is also planning to pair the track with an “elaborate” music video, which will be filmed in Mohawk Place later this month. Those looking to be a part of the taping, get in touch with the band through its Facebook page.
While the Blondes are currently working on a multicity tour across the Northeast through January, the band will return to Buffalo Dec. 22 for a Chanukah Bonanza show in Sugar City’s new Niagara Street headquarters. Rochester power-pop five-piece, the Demos, will provide support. Keep an eye out for further details.
Listen to “Afterparty’ below.
Mac McGuire is editor of BuffaBLOG.com.