I approached this after looking at the band's PR pic (not that one up there) and blurb thinking that Tulips -- I can't be arsed to figure out the code for that umlaut -- were going to be vaguely like The Muffs, or something. But one listen to the superb Doom and Bloom, out November 13 on Lolipop Records, revealed that I was wrong. Tulips are making indie-pop that ranges from the riot grrl-riffs of "Queen's Arms", to the Paul Westerberg-ish hooks of "Pretty Girls", and on to the buzzing indie of Bis-like "Jitterbug" -- and that's just to mention 3 songs off this one.
Tulips -- Angie Bloom (vox/guitar), Taleen Kali (vox/guitar), Miles Faster (bass), Travis Moore (drums) -- are adept at sort of blending a bunch of worthy influences into something fresh that moves quickly. There's nothing wasted here and each cut is uniformly catchy and full of a little of joy at playing and rawking out and that's something to be cherished in these cold times. The lo-fi charms of "Hopefully Hopefully" are ones that nod in the direction of shoegaze stuff as well as early Juliana Hatfield cuts. It's a lovely tune that is fuzzy in all the right ways. And it's one of my faves on a record that has a lot of similarly great tunes.
Really, Doom and Bloom is a helluva lot of fun and truly a pleasant surprise 'cause I sort pegged this band wrong based on the pics and promo piece I'd read. Dive into this and be pleasantly surprised too.