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Music Review: The Lovemakers – Let’s Be Friends

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As anyone who has worked and played in a few bars knows, there are a lot of independent music groups out there. From lounge combos, to three piece bands, to sad and lonely guys sitting up on a stage playing a guitar, lamenting about his dead dog – they’re all out there.

Most of these indies suck, plain and simple – and it is extremely rare to come across one that actually succeeds in knocking your socks off. What’s even more uncommon is for one of these atypical groups to actually get ahead in the music world: most of the time, it’s the guys that suck that land a label.

But such is not the case with The Lovemakers, an exceptionally fantastic electro-pop/New Wave band from the tiny town of San Francisco, California.

My first encounter with The Lovemakers was a mash-up with 50 Cent (entitled “Shake That 50 Cent”). It was a mix that the band themselves put together, which caused me to instantly admire them – after all, how many other bands are there that are easygoing enough to mash their own music with 50 Cent? After just that one song alone, I was a fan.

Let’s Be Friends marks The Lovemakers second full-length album – and the entrancing synth sounds, sexually-motivated lyrics, and enticing beats contained therein are sure signs that the band has many more tales to tell.

Let’s Be Friends blends the once-bland echoes of the ‘60s and ‘80s, and revives them by giving them an injection of electronica. Lyrically, the album has little to offer in the way of anything deeply poetic or remotely socially redeeming. Take, for instance, the words of “Love Is Dead” – “Our kids will hate what we’ve become, Let’s fall in Love, it sounds so fun,” or this opening quote from “See What I Wanna See” – “I think it’s funny, what you do for cash, I make my money by shakin’ my ass.”

Yes, your parents would most definitely disapprove, but deep inside, they would secretly yearn to dump their obligations and responsibilities, giving in to their primordial urge to fuck like monkeys. And, while I may have inadvertently put an inerasable mental image in your head, rest assured that you will forget all about it when you give The Lovemakers’ Let’s Be Friends a spin. Recommended.

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About Luigi Bastardo

Luigi Bastardo is the disgruntled alter-ego of a thirtysomething lad from Northern California who has watched so many weird movies since the tender age of 3 that a conventional life is out of the question. He currently lives in Chico, CA with four cats named Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and Margaret. Seriously.