11. THE SUBMARINES: DECLARE A NEW STATE
And we thought THE WHITE STRIPES were a soap opera....
L.A. duo THE SUBMARINES consist of JOHN DRAGONETTI and BLAKE HAZARD -- a man and woman who had a relationship, then broke up, then got back together, then got married, and then put out a record album. That album, DECLARE A NEW STATE, doesn't sound much at all like the White Stripes -- more like STARS or RILO KILEY, with the two singers trading leads and occasionally doing the boy-girl counterpoint vocal thing that I like so much. It may be that things get a little too slow and shoegazey on the second half of the CD, but the music here is quite beautiful and would seem to promise great things to come for these two. (So long as they don't break up again, natch.)
The Submarines on MySPACE.
[MP3] "Peace and Hate"