Collaborative pop project Ladybirds have released their debut CD Regional Community Theater under Creep Records. The band is fronted by close friends Tyler Pursel, the keyboardist of Gym Class Heroes, and Teeter Sperber of the little unknown band that you would know is cool if you were really emo act Ley Royal Scam. Other contributors include Max Blemis of Say Anything, Justin Johnson of The Danger O’s, and Matt Pryor of The Get Up Kids.
Think of Cyndi Lauper meeting The Faint and you have yourself the “Electro-tacular Cheese-pop Teffific-ness” sounds of Ladybirds. It’s overly poppy, emo supreme, and you can, without a doubt, shake your booty to it. This CD is for the teens out there who like the more upbeat scene music and know how to have a good time.
Opening track “Slice Our Hands (We Are Blood Sisters)” scared me for a second as it sounds like the teeny bop pop rock I so like to ignore. My initial impression changed though after listening to “The Brown And Red Divide”. The song was still a tad on the teenie bop side but strays toward a nice catchy indie rock song.
My choice track on the CD was “Maxim And The Headphone Life” as it has the musical melody that reminds me of a Nintendo 8-bit video game from the 80s. The dueling vocals of Teeter and Maz Blemis work well on this track. I can see it getting a lot of attention this summer. Disappointedly though “Shark Party” again is a full blown teenie bop song that should appear in a Disney movie about twin sisters being reunited in the big city.
The title of “Oh No! The Unicorns Are Knife Fighting Again” won me over alone. Seriously, where do these kids come up with these track titles? The emo pop track itself was fun and once more sounded musically like The Postal Service. Another track to check out is “Cooper, Thanks For The Birds”. The distorted singing accompanies the piano ever so well. Album closer "You Are The Torro King" was experimental yet a nice way to end the eleven track CD.
I admit I am not one who smiles a lot and maybe that is why I found this CD at times a little too happy for me. The background music replicates a lot of the dance-pop-rock out there but is unique in its own way, thanks to Tyler’s ability to create such fun beats. Teeter has an amazing voice that seems to become friends with you once you hear it for the first time. I really am surprised that I have not heard her name before as it is just screaming for fame. Overall Regional Community Theater is a great CD to listen to especially if you are still in high school (or wish you still were) and agree that emo does not always have to be sad.