Summer is perfect for music that’s catchy like an STD, so how fitting that the gleefully cute, self-proclaimed “nerd pop” band Paperdoll would take top honors at NYC’s 2010 Kollaboration as the season hits full stride (An adorable frontlady hopping up and down in a dress onstage probably didn’t hurt their winning odds, either).
Paperdoll’s bio cites “Pat Benetar meets The Killers” as a common comparison, but what I actually hear is an early No Doubt–which is a good thing. When I was growing up in Orange County, third wave ska gave birth to a kind of hornless upbeat that didn’t necessarily require any skankable rocksteady influences. Some would call this blasphemy, but I always kind of embraced it–hell, if it gets people boppin’ their heads, something must be right. Paperdoll has that kind of supercharged, lively, lighthearted vibe–somewhere, Save Ferris’s Monique Powell is raising a fist in solidarity.
Check out the video for “If Nothing Happened,” directed by Court Dunn. If you can take your eyes off of singer Teresa Lee, you’re a scientific anomaly!
Filed under: Adorable-ness, Cuteness, Dance Wid Me, Indie Bands, Indie Pop, Kollaboration, Nerd Pop, New York, No Doubt, NY Kollaboration 2010, Orange County, Paperdoll, Pop Music, Save Ferris, Ska, Teresa
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