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Love Grenades – Tigers in the Fire EP

November 23, 2009
 Love Grenades - Tigers in the Fire EP

Written By: Heather Wysocki


Label: Modus Vivendi – Rating:

It’s not usually a good sign when the first thought about a band fronted by a Betty Page look-a-like is that it sounds like something off a Patty LaBelle b-side. But Love Grenades’ sexy Page doppelganger, Elizabeth Wight, seems to have found the perfect formula to become a dance-floor mainstay, and that equation certainly doesn’t include originality.

That said, the debut EP by the band, “Tigers in the Fire,” is turning heads at clubs in Los Angles and NYC with its mix of die-hard devotion to pre-techno music and their knack for picking awesome DJs to remix their singles. Titular “Tigers in the Fire” is chock-full of 70s influence, bringing back the high-pitched backup singers and love-on-roller-skates feel of that era. All in all, though, the album is a bit confusing; the original “Tigers in the Fire” is all fancy-free flirting, Saturday Night Fever and Blondie, while Martin Peter’s mix turns it into a more Lady Gaga-esque cut-myself-onstage-for-the-drama haunter. Here, Wight’s vocals are more growl than come-on, bringing far more of the ferocity of the single’s namesake tiger into the mix than the original single even got close to.

Keeping a bit more loyal to LG’s more-comfortable-under-the-disco-ball feel is the Wayfarer mix of the same song. And just when three listens of “Tigers” is enough, there’s the Disco Damage mix, the most successful in turning Wight’s bubblegum-and-gold-lamé jam into a true club remix, the sort of thing anyone at Hyde would be happy to dance to (or their Real Housewives of Orange County-esque moms). Still, four remixes of the same song do not a complete album make, and “Tigers In the Fire” proves that it is possible to have too much of a good thing.

New sounds come along at track 4, “Off to Sea,” which stays true to the same disco-remix sound but showcases Wight’s surprising vocal aptitude, something that’s overlooked earlier. “Off to Sea” has more bite than “Tigers,” though those cheesy lyrics stay put. The most promising track, a Sam Sparro-remixed “Young Lovers,” delivers completely, bringing a similar pinup-sexy feeling but creating a more polished version of anything else Love Grenades’ first disc puts forth. Traditional disco sounds aren’t overworked here, a la “Tigers,” thanks to Sparro’s fantastic use of restraint. This one belongs in the next Grand Theft Auto, and that’s a compliment (there’s nothing better than a song that’s perfect for driving recklessly to).

Wight is a devotee of the modern pop feminism of Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears, and she brings that same idea of promiscuity as a right to every track. And unlike her blonde counterparts, who are apt to sneak in a devoted-to-my-man ballad, she makes her independence very, very clear, repeatedly spouting lyrics like “ain’t nobody gonna tell me that I can’t get down,” and the polyester pants suit-classy “I can screw anyone that’s nice then walk away.” It’s a nice ideal, but The BeeGees have got you beat at jive-talkin’, Elizabeth, and it’s never good to get one-upped by three guys in leisure suits!

The purpose of remixes and EPs is, usually, to showcase depth in a relatively short period of time. Unfortunately, while Love Grenades’ “Tigers In the Fire” EP is a good listen on a dark night, full of sultry bass and come-hither lyrics, its the disc’s remixes that really stand out, effectively de-clawing Wight and turning “Tigers” into little more than sex-kitten pop.

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Love Grenades Blow Up Bardot

November 17, 2009

Story and Photos By: Markus Eliance

View all of Markus’ Love Grenades photos here.

When I first arrived at the entrance of the club, I could feel the energy. I was early (apparently an uncommon practice as I would soon learn), and as the bouncers led me through the side alley entrance and up the stairs, the air of exclusivity was upon me. This is the Hollywood the Love Grenades were coming to turn upside down.

With an audience full of derby hats and ironic t-shirts, stylish blondes with pouty lips, and wannabe scenesters drinking imported beer, I waited patiently for the band to arrive. I waded through the crowd in the dance hall to the main room, where the DJ was spinning breakbeats and grooveable dance tracks. Out of nowhere, Smokey Robinson’s “Tracks of My Tears” pops out of the speaker. This night is becoming more unpredictable by the minute.

As the minutes go by, I got bold and snuck a seat into the roped-off VIP booth, dead-center with the stage area. I invited a trio of girls to sit with me — two brunettes, and a blonde sporting one of the aforementioned derby hats. The blonde is from Boston, and chats with me about girls in gun clubs (at the mention of the magazine I work for.) During this small talk, one of the brunettes goes to light her cigarette in the candle on the table; she leaned in seductively to take a drag, and at that moment, accidentally set her hair on fire. Luckily, I moved quickly and lightly grabbed the flaming strands, extinguishing it with my bare hand. Her friends screamed in a mix of shock and embarrassment, but the brunette simply laughed it off with, “I know who’s getting a haircut tomorrow.” She gave me a kiss and dragged her two companions to the bathroom (probably for damage assessment).

Finally, after two hours have passed, the stage lighting activates, swirling flashes of green, red, and squad car-blue. When Elizabeth Wight, the lead singer, belts out the first few notes of “City Lights”, I was taken aback by the sudden wave of musical energy that rushed through the room. I moved closer in to the stage, sitting cross-legged on the floor. It felt like the band was playing in my bedroom. The seating arrangement is so close, that the lead singer took the opportunity to sit in a few laps and pit dive into the crowd. How much more intimate can you get?

The audience was absolutely enthralled with her, as she pranced barefoot across the room. The band’s turntablist coolly sipped at his beer in between mixing, and the guitarist, Corey, turned every note he played into a vibrating harmony with Elizabeth’s breathy voice. With a pitch that easily rivals any of today’s female pop vocalists, she oozes a raw talent that bolsters the sound of each track. It’s like the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s had made a baby with Daft Punk in a disco hall bathroom.

In the middle of the set, Elizabeth pauses the show to ask for a drink. At least three male audience members struggle to make a break for the bar. She cries through the mike, “Vodka and Cranberry! And some water, too.” The whole room feels like a group a friends reuniting after years of being apart. It was that carefree spirit that got everyone in the house grooving like there was no tomorrow. The band blazed through a six-song set, and ended it with an encore of their song “Young Lovers.”

I highly recommend you check out the track at their MySpace, as well as the video. I left Bardot that night with a new song stuck in my head, and the remnants of that energy trailing behind me.

Love Grenades Live @ Sunset Junction

August 11, 2009

August 23rd – 12:00 PM
Sunset Junction
Los Angeles, CA

Sam Sparro’s protégés the Love Grenades are attracting a lot of attention with their new EP “Tigers in the Fire” on Modus Vivendi Music which is also available on iTunes. And the band’s Jean Luc Godard-inspired video “Young Lovers” has won over a dozen awards. They are in the studio with Sam Sparro, Jesse Rogg (aka DJ Golden) and other guest producers working on their first full length album due October/November of this year. They are leaving for their first European tour mid-July and playing at two major German festivals, Italy, and UK.

LOVE GRENADES Cut European Tour Short to Play at the Henry Fonda Theater With Elefant August 7th

August 4, 2009

August 7th
Music Box / Henry Fonda Theater
Doors: 8:00 PM
6126 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028

The Love Grenades are currently traveling through Europe, hitting up Germany, Italy and the UK; playing festivals and meeting with several record labels. Originally they planned on staying there until just before their August 15th show at Shamrocks in Chino Hills, however, they have just been asked to play at the Henry Fonda Theater on August 7th in support of Elefant.

“When they invited us, I was so excited! Of course I can come back to LA for such an honor,” says Elizabeth Wight.

Sam Sparro’s protégés the Love Grenades are attracting a lot of attention with their new EP “Tigers in the Fire” on Modus Vivendi Music which is also available on iTunes. And the band’s Jean Luc Godard-inspired video “Young Lovers” has won over a dozen awards. They are in the studio with Sam Sparro, Jesse Rogg (aka DJ Golden) and other guest producers working on their first full length album due October/November of this year. They are leaving for their first European tour mid-July and playing at two major German festivals, Italy, and UK.