It's the classic story: Boy meets girl. Boy dates girl for ten years. Girl comes out to boy. Boy forms band with gay ex-girl. That pretty much tells the tale of Scott Simons and Dani Buncher and their brutally-honest bi-coastal indie pop duo TeamMate.
The pair, who come off as a hybrid of married couple and best buds (watch them as they lovingly rag on each other) in person, stopped by the the Music Conservatory of Westchester to perform two tracks off their recently-released EP The Sequel on A-Sides, and shed some light on their unique back story. Watch the duo perform the EP title track followed by a chat. And ch-ch-check out "Girls with Boys Names" here. Watch. Listen. Love.
Cheap Girls were sort of asking for it. Their band name is "Cheap Girls" after all. When they stopped by the Conservatory to film an A-Sides session, my final question to the Michigan-based band was if they thought tagging this post "cheap girls on the Internet" might get us a few more hits. They laughed a little (OK, not that much), and I quickly moved on to the next question. I'll test my theory in the post's headline and nowhere else. The band, after all, is more than just a moniker. The 3-piece (Adam Aymor, Ben and Ian Graham) is actually a pretty sweet band whose melodies evoke the non-grunge side of 1990s rock. Currently touring for their third album Giant Orange, the gang performed and chatted on A-Sides last week. You will enjoy it, yes? YES!
Jon Chattman's "A-Sides Music" series usually features artists (established or not) from all genres performing a track, and discussing what it means to them. This informal series focuses on the artist making art in a low-threatening, extremely informal (sometimes humorous) way. No bells, no whistles -- just the music performed in a random, low-key setting followed by an unrehearsed chat. In an industry where everything often gets overblown and over manufactured, I'm hoping this is refreshing. Support A-Sides' Kickstarter campaign here!