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Ya Ya Boom

Sisters Marisa and Monica Demarco hail from Albuquerque, N.M. And colors are weird in the desert, blown-out. It's the quality of the light from a brutal sun so close. In that glare, Ya Ya Boom grew. Maybe that's why the band sounds the way it does, the sonics vivid and warped, the beats like kernels in dry heat, the voices layered and saturated. It's a rock band. Vocals (Marisa), bass (Monica) and guitar (Carlos J.R. Garcia) and drums (Ryan Jarvis). But the clever timing, the orchestration, the atypical harmonies and the vocal brawn make it more difficult to nail down beyond that. Power prog pop? Maybe. Orchestral pop rox? Sure. Punk, like back in the day before the genre went rigid? Ok. Ya Ya Boom has been described all of these ways. The band released it's fourth LP in late November 2010. "Balloon Heart" sees Ya Ya Boom reaching across its borders though still happily in its element. The song lineup is diverse: A big bar rock song bangs its chest near experiments in blending effects; a simple dance number sweats on a creepy operatic track. Through the genre hopping, the band's skill and personality provide the glue.

My Artists Sessions

Saturday, March 19

10:00pm CDT