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Dear Reader, I would like to share with you all how a moment of curiosity can lead to the most wonderful discoveries. Today, as I sat at my laptop for the fiftieth time to check out Twitter, I caught a tweet by electo-hip-pop duo: Karmin. It declared their eligibility for the cover-race in this September’s “Women Who Rock” edition of Rolling Stone.
Truthfully, I’m on the fence about Karmin! For those of you not in the know, Karmin are former YouTube stars who had a viral hit with a Chris Brown cover posted on the social networking site which led to them being signed to a major label in 2011. Their hit single “Brokenhearted” has been in pretty heavy rotation on pop radio. I enjoy the single, but I’m not in love with their recent EP: “Hello” and when I was first introduced to them when they performed as musical guests on SNL, I wasn’t immediately won over. (Apols, Karmin!)
My personal uncertainty about Karmin aside, the tweet made me interested in the idea of them getting a Rolling Stone cover so I clicked on the link for more details. now I have them to thank for indirectly introducing me to a new obsession!
Upon arriving at the Rolling Stone Women Who Rock voting page, I noted many names of artists I didn’t realize had made a big impact (Dev, Rita Ora, Rye Rye) and some I’d never heard of at all (Sleeper Agent). One such band I had never had the pleasure of hearing is 6-piece group from North Carolina, named: Delta Rae. I clicked on their name to get more information and up popped the following two-minutes and fourty-two seconds of ELECTRIFYING GENIUS. (Sorry, I’m a little pumped!)
“Bottom of the River” surges with backwoods, southern energy. In the video for this, their first official single from album: “Carry The Fire” (released in June), the story plays out as a bit of a witch-hunt. The group’s Brittany Hölljes takes the lead vocals on this track as fellow group members seize her from her home in the middle of the night, bind her hands and lead her down a dirt road towards an uncertain (but well-choreographed) fate with an angry mob of hooded figures, some with black eyes and/or creepy masks. Watching and listening to this video feels like a religious experience and I’m admittedly an agnostic! Hölljes slays the lead vocals with the ferocity of a woman posessed and by the video’s end it appears that she might be, as she makes easy work of the angry mob and walks off into the darkness with a smirk.
Delta Rae consists of siblings Ian (vocals and guitar), Eric (vocals, guitar, piano and keys) and Brittany Hölljes (vocals), as well as Elizabeth Hopkins (vocals), Mike McKee (percussion) and Grant Emerson (bass guitar). Their band name has personal significance for the siblings as it relates to a fictional story their mother was going to write about a girl named Delta Rae who summons the Greek gods to earth. I’m not sure whether or not they can hear Delta Rae up on Mount Olympus, but I can certainly confirm that The Pop Gods hear them loud and clear, and are singing their praises up in Pop Heaven!