Finding a band like Agent Ribbons is why you subscribe to awesome magazines like Bust. In addition to the great content you find in every issue–from news & notes to DIY-recipes that range from vanilla extract to make-your-own-designs on mugs to fashion and all sorts of amazing stuff that every grrrl should know about–there’s also a good assortment of music reviews and music profiles.
Yesterday, while perusing the pages of Bust, I stumbled upon a profile for Austin, TX based band, Agent Ribbons. I was intrigued, and wrote the name down. And now I’m bringing them to you.
So who is Agent Ribbons and why should you know who they are? First–they’re fun. They bring an energy to their music that you want to here–it keeps you listening. And while I’ve never seen them live, I can only imagine that this energy lends itself brilliantly to their live show.
Agent Ribbons is made up of Natalie Gordon (vocals and guitar–she’s the one with the unmistakable red hair!) and Lauren Hess (drums and vocals). Like the Dresden Dolls and the White Stripes, they remind you that a full 4-5 piece band is totally unnecessary. Who needs a band when you can have magic with just a duo? Their style has a theatricality about it which harkens back to bands like the Dresden Dolls. There’s a sense of the cabaret with Agent Ribbons, just on a lighter, catchier version of it. Or, perhaps their website puts it best: “they miraculously reconcile seemingly-unrelated genres, sounding something like Girls in the Garage doing the Three Penny Opera.”
Agent Ribbons has been touring since 2007 and have performed with bands such as Girl in a Coma, the Detroit Cobras, Cake and Camera Obscura. Currently they’re on a European tour (Paris! Barcelona! Oh my–they may have the whole world in their hands by the end of the year!)
At this point–I’m going to stop talking and let you take a listen. The hardest decision is what song I should put up here, since there are quite a few videos….so I’ll put up two, instead of just one! Enjoy!
PS–how could you not love a band with a song title like “Chelseae, let’s go join the circus”? I mean, really!–That right there says everything!