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Scissors For Lefty
Scissors For Lefty EP
Rough Trade Records
www.scissorsforlefty.com


San Francisco's Scissors For Lefty has been receiving rave reviews for their self-titled EP from people in their hometown of the Bay area. Oddly, it is a UK record label that has released their disc - what is so attractive to the British about Scissors For Lefty's Bryan Garza - vocals and guitar, Robby Garza - bass and guitar, Peter Krimmel - keyboard and guitar, and James Krimmel - drums and bass? And yes, that is two different sets of brothers.

The quartet has a semblance to the UK's The Zutons in their jumping grooves, a likeness to UK's The Boy Least Likely To in their use of childlike sounds like kazoo's and whistle pipes, and vocal registers along Britpop junctions comparable to Razorlight. The band considers their party tunes to be "pillow talk," documenting stories from their own lives about searching for love, what went wrong with that love, and making fun of what is wrong with them. They are a band who don't see themselves as having all the answers to life and they have a chuckle over their own flaws. They make energetic tracks that are melodically queued and goosed by spontaneous vocal motions similar to Razorlight's Johnny Borrell giving the songs character like in the opening number "Lay Down Your Weapons."

Scissors For Lefty put a lot of their character in their songs which may explain why people in their hometown really took a liking to them. Their track "Mama Your Boys Will Find A Home' has fun vocals with hop in the rhythmic patterns and bounce in the guitar and keyboard hoops. They see music as a means of having fun and their track "Ghetto Ways" keeps the movements jumping and active without going into overdrive. The interaction is animated without becoming congested or chaotic. They make pop/rock that is enjoyable for themselves and others. Their final track "Inevitable Thieves" mellows down the momentum a bit but still keeps in the fun range.

Scissors For Lefty have toured with Grandaddy, The Fiery Furnaces, The Arctic Monkeys, and Pedro The Lion, to name just a few. They released their debut album Bruno in 2005 and performed at SXSW in the Spring of 2006. They are presently on a club tour through the States and will be hitting the UK soon, afterall, it was the UK who actually invested their bankrolls on them.

-Susan Frances

Track Listing:
1.Lay Down Your Weapons
2. Mama Your Boys Will Find A Home
3. Ghetto Ways
4. Inevitable Thieves


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