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Feminist art-punk. Yes, please. That’s what trio French Vanilla bring to the canvas of contemporary rock and roll. Their music is incredibly danceable while being incredibly weird, sharp-tongued, and packing enough melodies and instruments to make your ear feel like it’s happily running a marathon. Finding their footing in L.A.’s queer punk underground scene, this outfit recently surface with their debut album to make your shoulders bump, your mind think, and your energy a little weirder.
“Social Trappings” grabs your hips right out of the gate with a catchy synth beat quickly followed by a groovy bass hook, an earworm of a guitar riff, Sally Spitz’s glass-cutting vocals, and an ongoing sax solo. Seriously, every instrument here shares center stage, and somehow, they make it work.
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