Indie Rock Survival Guide is new feature (or maybe a one-time thing that I thought up because it made sense for this; I haven’t decided yet) dedicated to saving you from the unspeakable embarrassment of mixing up two similar recording artists. In this installment, we look at two artists taking their name from Richard Donner’s 1985 film Ladyhawke, starring Michelle Pfeiffer as a lady who is a hawk during the day, and Rutger Hauer as a knight who is a wolf during the night, and also they are in love. (Odd that we are not doing this feature about two indie-pop bands called “Nightwolf” or whatever.) Come on, let’s play!
Whooo They Are, and Wherrrre They Come From: Four dudes from whitest Canada (British Columbia).
Persona: Bearded, romantic, inarticulate, really like shredding.
Sounds like: Dinosaur Jr., if Dinosaur Jr. had formed under similar socioeconomic circumstances to The Replacements.
Best Song: “The Dugout”
… Which would make the ideal soundtrack for the following scene in Richard Donner’s 1985 film Ladyhawke: The one where Michelle Pfeiffer has her hair in dirty blonde dreads and she wakes up and puts on sweatpants and a metal-band t-shirt and starts doing bong hits.
Whooo She Is, and Wherrre She Comes From: Phillipa Brown, from New Zealand.
Persona: Debbie Harry borrowing Jennifer Beals’s sweatshirt while being friends with Peaches.
Sounds like: A song you’ve somehow never heard before but are really pleased to hear come on after you’ve put “The Human League” into Last.fm.
Best Song: “Magic”
… Which would make the ideal soundtrack for the following scene in Richard Donner’s 1985 film Ladyhawke: The one where Rutger Hauer puts on a mesh button-down to go to a dance club in a converted Soho warehouse, only the club is closed down because Tony Scott is using it as a set for a scene in The Hunger where Catherine Deneuve and David Bowie have sexy vampire disco-disco.