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C.D. on Songs : Lovewhip – "Wrecking Machine"

May 7, 2010

Ashley here! Our old friend C.D. is too busy today (at Foxwoods) to write up the intro for this review so he asked me to. Here’s my little personal tidbit about Lovewhip: Eight or so years ago, my cousin Andrea got married in Maine and the reception was held in a big field complete with a ferris wheel, amazing catering (mmm raclette station!), and a dance floor where the dance party lasted all night. The band? Lovewhip! It’s been a long time since then, and though Andrea and Brian’s marriage has since ended, Lovewhip keeps going strong. They’re playing PA’s tonight with Spitzz, Glitter & Lies and Oilhead. Friday night dance party yaaaw!

Lovewhip – “Wrecking Machine” [hear it below!]

I’m sure that someone like the Mythbusters or something have probably experimented with setting sugar on fire to see what happens to it. Or maybe they just run a lot of volts of electricity through it. Our hypothesis is that it probably sounds a lot like this new track from local treasures Lovewhip. Yeah, we said “treasures” because we treasure them, and so should you.

Vocalist Erin Harpe trips the sexy electric in this song, whipping her voice about the melody with what some would call reckless abandon, what others might call disregard for what a human voice can do, but what all would agree sounds mighty fine. She is even joined by a chorus of electrified Mini-Harpes at times, as if you could handle any more of her vibrant, spirited voice.

Harpe’s partner in crime is a brutally infectious rhythm section that is a veritable symphony of synthesized sweetness, from the saturated distortion of the bassy stage-left synth to the ticky-ticky of its counterpart to the right. The thump-thump bass drum serves as a steady heartbeat to the song, even if you feel your own speeding up. Harpe seems addicted to whosoever is the “wrecking machine” subject of the song, and she brings this addiction home to us, planting this melody further and further into our brains with every “Ooh-Ooh-OohOoh” and “Yeah, Yeah!” Lovewhip might not know what they’re doing to us with this song, but our guess is they probably do.

Want to submit your band’s song to C.D. On Songs?

To be reviewed in a C.D. On Songs column:

*Be a Boston-based band/artist.

*Email a single mp3/m4a/etc. (or a download link to one) to cdonsongs (at) gmail (dot) com, with the subject line “C.D. on Songs” (DO NOT send us a bunch of songs and make us pick, we will ignore you). We require a file – not a streaming link.

*Include album cover art if you have any. If you don’t, a band photo or logo is acceptable.

*Tell us when you want to see it! Give us the date of your show and we’ll make sure it runs as close as possible to that day. No kidding.

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