Album review: "Aurorae"
By Catherine P. Lewis
Friday, Feb. 17, 2012
Female-fronted groups often fall into the folksy singer-songwriter category, but quartet Since Antarctica is nowhere near that reserved. On its debut EP, "Aurorae," the local band fronted by singer Shannon Woods wails with an unbridled aggression, plowing through five up-tempo - and incredibly catchy - tunes that instantly evoke the rock style of L.A.'s forgotten band Ednaswap.
Despite her role as frontwoman, Woods is hardly the band's driving force. The singly named Frantzie is responsible for much of the band's momentum, his fiery bass lines similar to those of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea. On album opener "Your Delilah," Frantzie's frenzied playing provides an urgency that's mirrored by Woods's anguished yells.
As forceful as these songs are, there's no denying the band's memorable songwriting, with tunes reminiscent of 4 Non Blondes and Melissa Etheridge. Woods sometimes slurs her words (the lyrics on "Gemini" are particularly blurry), but big, flashy moments like the harmony-drenched closing of "Narcissus Shore" make this a polished debut.