Is/Is “So Long”
(photo is from MPR of Gospel Gossip, but I couldn't find a pic of the band)
When I first saw IS/IS a while back at the 331, they took the fuzzed out, lo-fi aesthetic a little too far. The songs seemed underdeveloped and the drums were marching to their own beat, making an almost painful experience. The two women out front (Sarah from Gospel Gossip and Sarah from First Communion Afterparty) seemed to be having fun, but what seemed like it would be a really cool paring of members of two local stalwarts sounded more like a drunken jam session. Luckily, their first official release, the new guilt Ridden Pop single “So Long,” helps to slightly refine their sound. The instruments still wash over in waves of fuzz, but the song is more focused and really highlights the girl’s garage-chic vocals. Like I had hoped, the sound combines the noisy/Sonic Youth pop of FCAP and the fuzzy/spaced out influence of Gospel Gossip into a melting pot of lo-fi glory. Hopefully there is more where this comes from in the form of a full length in the near future.