Their new album, “You’ll Be The Death of Us All, Honey,” follows the winning formula laid down on their outstanding 2004 debut “Kiss The Culprit”: ’60s-colored handclap-and-harmony pop, driven by a feel-good acoustic rhythm and shamelessly danceable, old timey rock beats.
But, no so fast! A closer look at the lyrics reveals that singer and guitarist Jesse Duquette may be feeling a little sinister.
“It’s fun to see people clap their hands and sing along with some sad, spooky stuff,” Duquette explains. “The Smiths are an obvious example of this device, but it’s definitely one of the things I love most about them. Pair some somber lyrics with even more somber music, and you’ve got a total downer on your hands. Sprinkle some happy on that sad and you’ve got ‘Bigmouth Strikes Again.’”
It’s an approach that has worked well for the band over the past few years, garnering them Boston Music Award nominations and Improper Bostonian naming them Best Band in Boston in 2005.
“We’re pop music,” says Duquette, “which people tend to dig no matter the trend of the moment.”
As for the effects of love on his band’s songs, he points out: “I don’t think I’ve ever written what I would call a ‘love song,’” he says. “Unrequited crush songs have always been more my thing, all goose bumps and sick stomachs. But I’d like to think that being in love can only make it easier. Just listen to ‘Oh Yoko.’”