Community Records, Specialist Subject Records, Topshelf Records
With the energy and sound of a full four-piece band, Carly Comando and Tom Patterson – the husband and wife team that make up Bethlehem, Pennsylvania’s Slingshot Dakota – craft unapologetic, heavy pop tracks that showcase their years of experience and punk influences. Although Carly is on the keyboard and Tom is behind the beats, to define the band as a keys-and-drums duo isn’t quite right. Carly writes songs as if there were a guitar and a bass present and translates how to mimic the sounds on the keys. Combining a robust low-end with sweet and delicate melodies, Carly makes full use of her heavily effected keyboard while also providing vocals that are, in turn, sweet and polished or earnest and raw. Tom fills out the sonic middle ground with his drum kit, knowing just when to hold back, and when to let loose and whale away. It’s a little bit pop; it’s a little bit punk; but it’s 100% fun.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVO(U)RITE ANIMAL?
Corgis because they have magical powerful little stumper legs