TÜLIPS: DOOM & BLOOM
Doom & Bloom
Led by co-vocalists Taleen Kali and Angie Bloom, L.A.-based TÜLIPS are keeping company with the likes of Best Coast and Sleater Kinney on their new long player Doom & Bloom. Combining surfy licks with distorted punk and plenty of power, the album is a collection of ten solid tracks ranging from the excellent “Vertigo,” which sounds like No Doubt-era Gwen Stefani at a laid-back pool party, to the crunchy “Hotspur,” which is reminiscent of the girly-grunge of the 90’s, currently enjoying a comeback with newer acts like Bully. The punkier songs like “Queen’s Arms” and “Evil Eye” are decent, but where TÜLIPS shines is on tracks like “Dream Lover” and “Jitterbug,” which could be on any Best Coast album with their hazy, druggy, girl-group vibe. The hooky “Pretty Girls,” strikes the perfect balance between the two styles. It’s poppy with sugary backing vocals and handclaps, yet displays some sharp edges with a nice guitar riff, Ramones-style hiccups in the chorus and plenty of angst in the lyrics. If you’re looking for sunny, surf-y songs with a bit of bite and plenty of kick-ass estrogen, it’s time to stop and smell the TÜLIPS.