The Affair

The Affair

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Built on a foundation of girl group wistfulness spiked with tough-chick lyricism, their seductive stilettos-and-lipstick pop comes wrapped in punk sandpaper. The Affair deliver a hit that feels like a kiss: in their songs, the sex kitten may purr contentedly, but her claws are razor sharp...

Biography

New York City’s The Affair pounces onto the scene with their debut album Yes Yes To You. Since Kali Holloway (vocals, lyrics), Nelson Dellamaggiore (bass), Neel Arant (keyboards/guitar), Josh Leeman (lead guitar) and Marc Pattini (drums) first stepped on a stage together, the band has garnered respect and praise in both local and European music journals.
The Affair caught the attention of Vice Records, which in July 2004 released their first single, Honey, a song which showcased their ability to meld proto-punk and new wave allegiances with keen pop sensibilities. After a couple of years spent trolling through NY nightclubs, the band reappeared earlier in 2006 with a new single, Andy, on UK buzz label Marquis Cha Cha. Absolutely Kosher signed the band after chasing them around Austin at this year’s SXSW.
Lately, the streets of rock and roll seem cluttered with matching mod dresses filled with Swedes and Brits with their hair in bangs and Phil Spector in their lockets. The Affair tear through them like a flame. There might be girl groups in their rearview mirrors, but there are knives in their hands and lightning in their eyes. Faux finishing school poses and demure, wistful cooing have been demolished by soulful defiance. The “my boyfriend’s back and there’s going to be trouble” of yesteryear has been appended with “because I’m going to kick his ass for leaving.” Kali’s voice is bruised and angry but triumphant on Dead Letters, playful and sassy on Jailbait Date and positively flawless on Left At The Party. Her own lyricism is at once coy with a wink, but full of piss and vinegar. There’s not a vocal turn on the record where she doesn’t deliver. “Happy endings never interested me,” she wails on Swallow the Nights. "If early press is any indication, the world might not abide her.
With a swagger in their sound that could only come from the five boroughs, the band channels bits of New York acts like the Shangri-La's, The Ronettes, and Blondie. Throw in dashes of the Cars and the Runaways and distill them in gin and thorns, it gives them a distinctly modern voice. The Affair personifies their very name, at once dangerous, timeless, immoral and ecstatic, illicit and sultry, conflicted and pure. This is one Affair in which you won't mind getting caught.

Yes Yes To You is in stores January 23, 2007. The band will be touring during the first half of 2007 in support of the album. www.TheAffairNYC.com or www.myspace.com/theaffairnyc.

Lyrics

Left At The Party

Written By: Kali Holloway

Left At The Party

You think that you’re on you own
No one that will drive you home
They think that you’re dead and gone
They think that you’re out alone
You know that you’ve got it won
You know that you’ve got it all

Set it back
Take control
It’s all you ever give
Set it back
Make your wagers if you wanna live

You think that you’re on you own
No one that will drive you home
They think that you’re dead and gone
They think that you’re out alone

Set it back
Take control
It’s all you ever give
Set it back
Make your wagers if you wanna live
Set it back
Take control
It’s all you ever give
Set it back
Make your money, ‘cause you gotta live

You can go your own way now
‘Cause it takes control of me
Ready today, now
‘Cause it takes control of me
All this ripping at the seams
And it’s a set up
A set up
A set up
A set up

You think that you’re on you own
No one that will drive you home
They think that you’re dead and gone
They think that you’re out alone

Set it back
Take control
It’s all you ever give
Set it back
Make your wagers if you wanna live
Set it back
Take control
It’s all you ever give
Set it back
Make your money, ‘cause you gotta live

Honey

Written By: Kali Holloway

Honey

You’re like a dream
Honey
You’d be so good for me
Oh, oh, oh, oh yeah
You’re not the boy
Next door
He’s not worth waiting for
Oh, oh, oh, oh yeah
You wanna take it slow
Oh, let’s go
Count back from 10 to zero
Oh, oh, oh, oh yeah
Your wish is my command
I can’t stand it
I’m your biggest fan
Oh, oh, oh, oh yeah

I don’t know where you came from, baby
But baby, you blew my mind
Every single moment I spend without you
Is nothing but a waste of my time
You don’t even know that you found a good thing
That you don’t even know that you need
The second that you get a few seconds to spend
I hope you spend your seconds on me

You’re like a dream
Honey
You’d be so good for me
Oh, oh, oh, oh yeah
You’re not the boy
Next door
He’s not worth waiting for
Oh, oh, oh, oh yeah
You wanna take it slow
Oh, let’s go
Count back from 10 to zero
Oh, oh, oh, oh yeah
Your wish is my command
I can’t stand it
I’m your biggest fan
Oh, oh, oh, oh yeah

Discography

Yes Yes To You
Release Date: January 23, 2007
Absolutely Kosher Records

Andy / Anything But Disco (You Ruined My Life) 7"
Released: August 21, 2006
Marquis Cha Cha Records

The Affair/Hominid Split 7"
Released: July 13, 2004
Volume 2 of Vice 7" Lovers Series
Vice Records