The latest burst of talent from Philadelphia comes in the form of Amanda X, whose badass but breezy bedroom garage caught the ear of the notable indie label Siltbreeze, via which comes the band’s latest release, Amnesia. Amnesia eschews jangle and excessive fuzz in favor of solid rock tunes that will hold up equally nicely in a basement full of sweaty concert goers or on a loud car stereo with the windows open to let in the late summer wind.
I’m digging the hooks on the carefree “Trouble” and “Nothing Wild”, but “Parsnip” and the acoustic “Friendly Tones” are also highlights. Vocalist Kat Beam’s voice is just the right amount of vulnerable and unwavering, which ups these songs from good to very rad.
Who is Amanda X, anyway? *The name stands not for a person, but for an idea—Amanda is an unpretentious, blank-canvas name, and this trio is a no-frills, unpretentious band. (Check out one of their many interviews for proof—they seem like the kind of people with whom you’d just want to hang out and watch TV).
*This is my theory. I’m curious to know the true genesis of their name.
Definitely check out this album (and this band) if you like Best Coast, Speedy Ortiz, or Bleached.
Amnesia is available now through Siltbreeze. Stream it below.