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"Electric Ladybugs"

"Pleasantly mobile guitar repetition from a hooky local pop trio."
Charles Eddy, The Village Voice - Village Voice

"Electric Ladybugs"

By Tom O'Connell

The Electric Ladybugs display a self-assured style of a mellow acoustic rock on their new self-titled album. Their style is catchy but not overly commercial, cool and breezy, but with enough edge to avoid being misclassified with wimp rockers like Matchbox 20. The opening track "Used to Be" has the kind of catchy chorus and sardonic lyrics that would make for a great radio hit. "Way Around" captures the loose structure jam band style of Phish, and the song has great potential to be expanded and explored in a live performance.

Anchoring the album is "George Harrison (Are You Ready?)," a weighty and powerful song sung directly to its subject. It speaks of death as a journey that we all must make when it is our time. "May be sooner may be later but when it comes / We tear your ticket and we send you up / Are you ready?" The song strikes a clever balance between the bond musicians share with their heroes without being patronizing or ass-kissing; it is a tasteful and respectful tribute to the late Beatle. The final line paraphrases another song about death, "Last Kiss". "I went to heaven so you have to be good / So you can come and see me when I leave this world."

Closing out the album, "Fish" uses catch and release fishing as a metaphor for getting out of a bad relationship. The lyrics speak of the injuries one must endure and the steps we take to protect ourselves from being hurt again. "Take me and throw me off the boat / help me forget it all / I'll swim deeper this time and avoid the lines." The Electric Ladybugs give off a fun vibe on their album, keeping the mood light and casual. They never take themselves too seriously, but they always sound like they are having a good time.
- The Deli -- Music Recipes From the Big Apple

"Electric Ladybugs"

New York power trio whose music has found favor with writers from High Times and The Village Voice. - All the Rage -- NashvilleRage.com

"Electric Ladybugs"

"Terrific trio of melodic rockers...We love them."

- High Times Magazine


The Ladybugs - 2003
Electric Ladybugs - 2004


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The ELECTRIC LADYBUGS are vanguards of a melodic-rock revolution, updating the power-trio to include not just power chords, but also powerful harmonies, rhythms, and lyrics. Aaron Strebs (guitar/vocals) and Joel Hirsch(drums/vocals) crafted their singing and songwriting together for three years, performing exclusively acoustic sets as Alieron, before metamorphosising into electric ladybugs on New Year's Day 2003-plugging in the guitar, adding Dave Feld on bass, and switching the percussion from doumbek to drum kit. New York shows have included The Knitting Factory, Luna Lounge, and Arlene's Grocery.