Last week we introduced you to New York City synth pop trio The Myrmidons, with our feature on their new single. Well, tonight is the night for folks in NYC, as they are set to have their first ever live performance at Nowhere Bar. While their Siouxsie & The Banshees cover shows them deeply indebted to a hypnotic and gothy rhythmic aesthetic, I thought it would be appropriate to feature The Myrmidons formidable summertime pop chops with today’s Record of the Day installment.
“Dizzy” builds and swirls around a fizzy keyboard riff and vocal that is a sincere nod to the 60’s sunshine pop of Nancy Sinatra’s ‘Sugar Town’. It’s also adorned in The Myrmidons trademark bells and hand-claps, and it’s drenched in harmonies and psychedelic flourishes. The Myrmidons are no hobbyists, they are rock n roll lifers that have done their homework and paid their dues. Of all The Myrmidons songs, “Dizzy” adheres the most to the 60’s pop idiom they are so lovingly referencing much of the time, and it is a success in doing so. Lori Lindsay’s vocal is built for this material, Ted Ottaviano and Lauren Johnson have found the perfect muse to bring these songs to life. If you wish Susanna Hoffs and The Bangles were doing giddy modern day updates of Nancy Sinatra classics, this is your new favorite band.
In addition to The Myrmidons rare performance tonight, Ted Ottaviano will be spinning sides from Kleenex, Grace Jones, Plastic Bertrand, and 99 Records. (Nowhere Bar, 322 E. 14th St,NYC. 8-11pm)