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“One of the Boys” – Heavy Pockets
I don’t feel like a girl much, but I don’t want to be one of the boys.
With catchy hooks and an overfed bass tone, “One of the Boys” is a pop song that rocks. Heavy Pockets of Newmarket is lead by Shayla Riggs, who wrote the song as a means to stake out some territory on the gender spectrum. Shayla told Spark & Fizz:
It’s about being a queer feminist and being in awe of the strength that femme people possess. It makes you kind of want to emulate it or see that femme strength in yourself, but if you fall somewhere else on the gender spectrum you don’t necessarily feel comfortable in that place. So I feel like the tendency is to group women/queer ppl in as being “one of the boys” if they tend towards more masculine presentation or more masculine activities and interest, but that is an uncomfortable position to be in for obvious reasons.
On balance, “One of the Boys” is a tuneful anthem that has us stoked for Heavy Pockets’ next release.
“Little Boy” – Rick Rude
Behold! Another “boy” song! “Little Boy” is an atypically soft and sensitive number for Dover’s Rick Rude. It was originally written for Tell Stories, acoustic side project of RR members Ben and Noah. With the full band instrumentation behind it, the song has a shuffling lethargy that gives it its emotional weight.
The results are soft and sweet, and a little gritty. Here the band sounds like disciples of Pavement and goshdarnit I like it. Check out the other Mind Cook tracks for the full-blast Rick Rude experience.
“The Kristin Fissure Way” – Badfellows
Manchester’s Badfellows are a band to watch. “Kristin Fissure Way” is a gem hidden toward the end of Personal Beehive, their new and very complete feeling album. There’s a lot to Badfellows’ arrangements that bring to mind indie heroes of the past couple decades like Wilco and Death Cab for Cutie.
Frontman Evan Benoit put it this way: “Lyrically it’s a pretty simplistic look at abandonment and different ways to cope with it.” I guess that’s why “Fisher” is spelled “fissure,” representing some d i s t a n c e. On the raucous instrumentation, Evan said, “The rhythm was kind of like a drunken stumble home, but with some really nice strings layered on top. The juxtaposition of the two is exactly what we’re all about as a band.”