Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Top 100 Songs of 2011 -- #33: "Get it Daddy" -- Sleeper Agent

On the heels of shows with fellow Kentuckians Cage the Elephant, Sleeper Agent began its ascent to probable future fame in 2011 with debut record Celebrasion. Deemed a 'band to watch' by Rolling Stone just a few short months ago, the six-piece caught on with howling frontwoman Alex Kandel, who fills out a double-pronged vocal attack along with Tony Smith.

Our introduction to the band came with "Get It Daddy," the album's lead track. And what an introduction it was.

An energetic, raucous slice of polished garage rock, "Get It Daddy" features a bouncing bassline and pounding drum beat over chugging guitars. Kandel and Smith trade off on vocal duties, with the former getting the most time front and center.

The amount of energy in 19-year-old firecracker Kandel is astounding, and Smith's yelp toward the song's end complements Kandel's slightly less edgy vocal.

Garage-punk never sounded this good in 2011. Sleeper Agent announced themselves as a force to be reckoned with on this blistering rocker, performed with the swagger of a band much older than they.

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