The Ft. Worth/Austin-based duo comprised of best friends, Best Fwends, has officially blown me away! I heard some discussion of these two a while back since they're signed to Moshi Moshi Records -- one of my favorites English labels -- but I never got around to hearing the debut album, Alphabetically Arranged (yes the 34 tracks are indeed alphabetically arranged), until ... now!
Boy it's bizarre. Equal parts punk, hardcore (happy hardcore?), hyperactive dance music, and something sort of glam rock-ish. Most of the time, it sounds like they're just screwing around with a drum machine and a Fisher Price keyboard (although I'm sure that's not true), so it's the attitude that's so invaluable to me. These two have the heart of an arena rock band. They sound like they're trying to make real hot music that you'd listen to when you're a pissed-off kid ("god! the world doesn't understand me!" and listen to Best Fwends). I like that approach. It's genuine and real, and can't wait to see what's next for them!