Following up their debut album, Bruno, from 2005, San Franciscoites Scissors for Lefty is finally set to release their sophmore effort titled Underhanded Romance, on June 12th via Eenie Meenie Records.
Formed in the college town of San Luis Obispo, CA way back at the turn of the millenium (that's 2000 for all you still trying to figure it out), the band was originally composed of Bryan Garza and brothers Peter and James Krimmel. Since then they're recruited two other members to bolster their sound. Strange but true fact about Peter and James' mother: she was a Malaysian pop star in the mid-'60s and is still played on the radio in Borneo to this day. True fact. That must be how they got their break into the music biz.
One might think that SFL's sound would pay homage to classic Malaysian pop, but unforunately that's just not the case. Or at least I don't think it does. It doesn't sound like Malaysian music, or at least like none of the Malaysian music I have in my collection (which is rather thin...OK, microscopic, alright already, non-existant). I must admit some ignorance of 60's Malaysian pop and therefor can't really give an accurate assessment.
So what DO they sound like then? Although from San Francisco, they've definitely got that Brit-band sound thing going on. Sort of the Franz-Monkeys thing going on but with a little spin on it. It's got some danceability to it that makes you think of Cansei De Ser Sexy, especially the fourth track Ghetto Ways, available below.
Scissors for Lefty - Ghetto Ways : Underhanded Romance
Scissors for Lefty - Marsha : Underhanded Romance
and from their debut album...
Scissors for Lefty - More Than the Summer : Bruno