THEM | Thursday, Dec. 15
There’s a sense of timelessness to THEM that belies the young age of the band members, all women in their late teens and early ‘20s. The Seattle four-piece has an innate ability to recall ‘70s Laurel Canyon, ‘80s synth-pop, ‘90s slacker rock, mid-00s twee, and all manner of decades of teenage pop heartache.
Their immediate rise to success after their debut in 2021 – opening for established names like Charli XCX and Jens Lekman and rising through the charts of KEXP – speaks to how much people still hunger for that intoxicating mixture of earnest longing and untarnished spirit that comes with music made by people young enough to unflinchingly share every vulnerability they possess. On the car ep, THEM’s biggest struggles come from nursing crushes and getting into car accidents, two of life’s most universal trials. Whether you’re 15 or 75, you’ll find something to latch onto in these lyrics, and the cleanness of the production and intimacy of the instrumentation may transport you back to times when you were experiencing everything these young women are singing about. On the 15th, they’ll be performing alongside Hot Step Mom and Babe.wav, two other young bands on the rise, giving a glimpse of what the next generation of PNW rock has to offer. The future’s looking bright.
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