Waikiki Romance - Super Wild Horses

from the album Crosswords (2013)

I suppose it is fair to consider my trip to Hawaii a success.  My goal was to take time to relax and rejuvenate.  And for the first ten days I simply chilled, listened to Brother Iz, and enjoyed the view.  But now, I am fired up and ready to return.  I can tell by the tunes I am cranking.

For my final day, I am blasting out Waikiki Romance by Super Wild Horses.  This girl duo from Melbourne, Australia offer up a lo-fi, garage sound that has a punk-pop sensibility.

Waikiki Romance is one of many songs on their Crosswords album that do the trick for me.  As you may guess from the title, this song caught my attention with its Hawaiian theme.  There are three elements of this song that resonate with me:  the vocals, the guitar, and the drums.

The vocals are sung with a young, reckless abandon that is full of raw energy.  When the backing vocals join in for a rousing chant of "Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah," I can't help but sing along.

The guitar playing matches the energy of the vocals.  The hard strumming and descending riffs must sound great live.

But what I like most about this record is the drumming.  One of my favorite things in music is when a female drummer bangs out a beat.  There is something about it that delivers a punch and ferocity that drives me wild.  It leaves me banging on the table tops.

Hats off to Amy Franz and Haylee McKee for bringing the perfect close to my vacation.

Click Here to watch them play the song Bread & Butter live.  It will give you a feel for the band's sound.  Unfortunately, I cannot find Waikiki Romance available anywhere but iTunes.