by Andrew Sacher
London duo 2:54, the current project of sisters Hannah and Colette Thurlow who previously played together in the punk band Vulgarians, have shared stages with Yuck, Male Bonding, and Warpaint, and even share an affinity with them for the same decade (the '90s). But while those bands are channeling the lo-fi/indie rock subgenres of the time, 2:54 are taking their influence from a much different side of the spectrum. Their name comes from the thundering 2:54 mark of the Melvins' "A History of Bad Men" and both sisters have a "life-long love of Queens Of The Stone Age".
The duo have yet to announce plans for an album, but they've got a few great songs on their soundcloud. The song "Scarlet" sounds like early-mid '90s Radiohead for about 20 seconds before the sludge-drenched guitar takes over and reverby sullen vocals kick in. Their first song to surface on the internet, "Creeping," is a locked-in stoner jam, and the guitars on "On A Wire" actually sound like they're being detuned as the song goes on. Check them out for yourself by listening to the streams of these tracks and a couple others below.
2:54 will make their US debut this week with two shows in NYC. They're playing Shea Stadium on Tuesday (11/29) with Total Slacker, DIVE, and Pages and a free show at Pianos on Wednesday (11/30) with Caged Animals.
All dates, a video, song streams, and the flier for the NYC shows below...
2:54 - "Scarlet" Official Video
2:54 -- 2011/2012 Tour Dates
TUESDAY 29TH NOVEMBER 2011 Shea Stadium, Brooklyn, NY, US
WEDNESDAY 30TH NOVEMBER 2011 Pianos, New York, NY, US
WEDNESDAY 11TH JANUARY 2012 Unknown venue, Groningen, Netherlands
WEDNESDAY 8TH FEBRUARY 2012 Thekla, Bristol, UK
THURSDAY 9TH FEBRUARY 2012 Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea, UK
SATURDAY 11TH FEBRUARY 2012 Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
SUNDAY 12TH FEBRUARY 2012 O2 Academy Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
TUESDAY 14TH FEBRUARY 2012 King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow, UK
WEDNESDAY 15TH FEBRUARY 2012 Manchester Academy 3, Manchester, UK
THURSDAY 16TH FEBRUARY 2012 HMV Institute - The Library, Digbeth, UK
SATURDAY 18TH FEBRUARY 2012 Digital, Brighton, UK