Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Drummer-front people are a rare breed - JESSIE TORRISI


Jessie Torrisi and the Please, Please Me

Sunday, Aug. 21st at 8PM

Speakeasy pop with a drumming frontwoman

  • Photography by Todd Chalfant | Jessie Torrisi
  • Photography by Anton Brookes

Why go?

Drummer-frontpeople are a rare breed — Levon Helm, Jimmy "What I Like About You" Marinos and, uh, Phil Collins come to mind. Jessie Torrisi, who spent the last several years pounding the tubs with Unisex Salon, the C.U.N.T. Rock Revolution and other NYC acts, joins that multitasking pantheon with the Please, Please Me. From behind her stripped-for-battle kit, Torrisi croons catchy heartbreak songs that sometimes require the entire audience to take up kazoos. Songs like “X in Texas,” off her debut album, Bruler Bruler, have all the components of speakeasy pop: a charming singer with a bit of grit in her voice and some seriously sensual accompaniment. Leave your drummer jokes at home (yes, even "What's the difference between a drummer and a bucket of KFC?"); Torrisi's the real deal.

— Carol Shih
for Unveiled Arts

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