Best Up-and-Coming Indie-Rock Band - 2006
Scissors for Lefty
Bay Area musicians have pretty much given up trying to be the local version of the Strokes, probably because now everyone wants to be the local version of Joy Division/Gang of Four (i.e., dancey, goth-y rockers). Which, it turns out, is a hell of a lot easier to pull off. Hell, even the Strokes did it for only one album. But here's where Scissors for Lefty comes in. Like the Strokes, this San Francisco band two sets of brothers who met in San Luis Obispo has a charismatic frontman who squeals and mumbles; a guitarist who discharges tight, delirious hooks; and a rhythm section that pumps up the jams, motherfucker. And like Scissors' N.Y.C. counterpart, the quartet caught the eye of London's indie tastemakers, Rough Trade Records, who will release its second LP overseas in September. (The band is currently talking to U.S. labels.) But there's one important way in which Scissors isn't like the Strokes: The foursome shows genuine enthusiasm during its live shows, exhibiting the kind of wide-eyed exhilaration that's been missing from rock 'n' roll for a long time.