Is That the Tralala

Is That the Tralala

by Tralala
     
 

Although seven members strong, Tralala are delicious minimalists. They relish two-minute bursts of revved-up, hook-filled rock 'n' roll in the tradition of the Ramones, but with four -- count 'em, four -- female vocalists in front of a male bass-guitar-drums trio. The women sing in unison on most songs, and in that Tralala has something in common with…  See more details below

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Although seven members strong, Tralala are delicious minimalists. They relish two-minute bursts of revved-up, hook-filled rock 'n' roll in the tradition of the Ramones, but with four -- count 'em, four -- female vocalists in front of a male bass-guitar-drums trio. The women sing in unison on most songs, and in that Tralala has something in common with contemporaries such as the Go! Team and the Pipettes and forebears such as the Go-Go's or early-'60s girl groups. Best of all, they've got the songs to back up the sound. The zippy "Are You Gonna Dance (With Me)?," the glammy "Early Tonight," and the swaggering "Tallmansville, W. Va" work subtle variations on the bubbly, bubblegummy aesthetic that's epitomized by the joyful, bounding "Yellow Taxi" (which quotes the Beatles in its "beep beep" chorus). The NYC band turn both Giorgio Moroder's "Underdog" and the Wipers' "Mystery" into joyful punk-pop anthems and make them indistinguishable from Tralala's own tales of nights out on the town and sassy relationships. Is That the Tralala, their second full-length, plays like a fantastic singles collection: one indelible, independent blast after another.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
If anyone is looking for a spare vocalist for your indie pop fantasy team, you might ask Tralala, since the Brooklyn group has an astounding four female lead vocalists. Astounding due to the number but also because they are all really good. Nicole, Erin, Lianne, and Stella front the band with style and sass, not going for a girl group-type harmony sound but rather a kind of unison cheerleader approach that gives the sometimes too rote guitar-bass-drums backing a firm kick in the nether regions. There isn't much range or diversity on the group's second album, Is That the Tralala, but really there is so much energy and alternately giddy and aggressive energy that it doesn't matter much that the songs all kind of sound the punk-poppy same. It worked for the Ramones, right? A few tunes do stand out, like the wall-rattling call to arms "We're Coming Out," the plaintive rocker "Are You Gonna Dance (With Me)?," the tough-as-steel garage punker "One Hard Turn Deserves Another," and the restrained and moody "Secret Weapon." The covers (of Giorgio Moroder's "Underdog" and the Wipers' "Mystery") are extremely well chosen and played too. As good as everything on the album is, the one song that shows the true potential of the group is the amazingly good "Yellow Taxi." It's the kind of song that could drive a basement full of sweaty kids completely mad with its irresistible energy and melody, not to mention the perfect "beep beep" vocal hook. An album made up of songs this good would be a ticket to pop heaven. Until that comes along, Is That the Tralala will do just fine if you're looking for some indie pop kicks.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/14/2006
Label:
Audika Records
UPC:
0880301100827
catalogNumber:
1008

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tralala   Primary Artist
Josh Madell   Drums,Group Member
Tim Harris   Cello
Katie Gentile   Violin
J.T. Yost   Keyboards
Stella Psaroudakis   Vocals,Group Member
Chris Talsness   Guitar,Group Member
Nicole Lang   Vocals,Group Member
Liane Moccia   Vocals,Group Member
Marty Key   Bass Guitar,Group Member
Erin Marsz   Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Giorgio Moroder   Composer
Josh Madell   Composer
Steven Miglio   Art Direction
Greg O'Keefe   Cover Photo
Paul Gold   Mastering
Stella Psaroudakis   Composer
Josh Clark   Producer,Engineer
Chris Talsness   Composer
Nicole Lang   Composer

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