Little Voice, Goldman
United States of Mind
Saturday, June 11
Lester Bangs once wrote in The Village Voice that women are the only hope for rock. This may or may not be the case 24 years later. But when the ladies of Goldman and Little Voice played the Mind last Saturday, they certainly made a telling point that girls can rock just as hard if not harder than the guys. A small guitar and drum combo from Chicago, Goldman proved that sometimes less is more. Rather than a raging White Stripes duo with a male frontman, the lady of the duo sang loud, sassy lyrics over bouncy rhythmic garage rock in the style of Television.
Despite the name "Little Voice," Erika's theatric vocal styling was nothing short of bombastic. Some have even compared her to Kristen Hersch of the Throwing Muses.
Erika played a mellow guitar and sang chilling confessional lyrics, then the whole trio would explode into a sort of "rock cabaret" on the choruses, leaving her sometimes screaming operatically at the top of her lungs.
Lori kept a very tight beat on drums and joined in on harmonies and an electric thumb-piano, while the man of the house switched between guitar and drums.
Imagine Bjork's unpredictable vocal theatrics in a rock band, and that might be what happened Saturday night - yet all the songs were catchy and approachable. They had all the trappings of a pop-friendly band with tight drums, good harmonies, concise and bouncy melodies and a good-natured dose of cabaret theatrics.