This outfit, 2:54, is a pair of British blood sisters with shoegazer and eyeliner smeared all over their music and a terrific EP to their family name. (Thurlow, for the record.) Think about the sonic signifiers of Lush and PJ Harvey bottled inside a band that named itself after a specific moment in a Melvins song (“A History Of Bad Men”) that’s tight with the xx and Warpaint and you’ve rendered a fairly accurate composite sketch. Their EP is called Scarlet, it courses with the pained hormonal lust and vocals of the vaguely post-adolescent kind and savvy fuzz guitars that feel learned from ’90s alt-rock Guitar World tablature (or like they were produced by Alan Moulder, which they were). Get familiar with the video for 2:54’s EP title track; it’s smokey, stylish, and sylvan, pale-skinned and emotionally smoldered — basically it is Twilight in a music video, to the extent something like that could be a compliment.
Hear another track, “Got A Hold”:
2:54’s Scarlet EP is out via Fiction. It is very good. NYC, the band is at Pianos tonight. Let’s go.