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The Lovemakers

Who? Band mainstays Scott Blonde (vocals/guitars) and Lisa Light (vocals/bass/violin) first got together in 2002 when Blonde stole then-girlfriend Light away from his record store manager. The two formed the Lovemakers and put out a self-released EP as a three-piece in 2003. Next, the Lovemakers issued the disco-danceable full-length Times of Romance on Interscope in 2005, but Blonde and Light’s relationship had soured by then. Still, the band soldiered on, as former Oasis drummer Ken Hard and synth/guitarist Brandon Arvonick joined for 2007’s Misery Loves Company EP.

What’s the Deal? The band’s latest taut five-song offering amalgamates tones of acts like the Raveonettes, Eurythmics, early Depeche Mode and the White Stripes into a sonically schizophrenic listen. The title track and “We Already Said Goodbye” are disarmingly bright electro-pop sing-alongs, while “Whine and Dine” adds nasty guitar-riffin’ and booty-shakin’ to that process. On the flipside, “Naturally Lonely” is a marvelous piano ballad where Light’s longing vocals drip over a track worthy of Prince and the Revolution. Closing “Save Me” sounds like Gregg Rolie-fronted, prog era Journey blaring through a Jack White filter, complete with blazing guitar solo.

Fun Fact: Blonde and Light are surprising fans of Oakland’s hyphy sound. Light owns a cat named Keak after one of rapper E40’s disciples, Keak da Sneak.

Now Hear This:
The Lovemakers – “Misery Loves Company” DOWNLOAD MP3

Now Watch This:
The Lovemakers – “Misery Loves Company”

On the Web:
thelovemakers.com
The Lovemakers at MySpace

Talk: Will the Lovemakers feel a warm audience embrace for Misery Loves Company?

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