Produced by Mickey Petralia (Ladytron, Beck) and bandleader Nicole Morier (daughter of Johnny Morier, who wrote material for The Cowsills), this is what would be playing in John Hughess Trax record store if Pretty in Pink was filmed in 2005.
While some groups throw synth flourishes into their music because they dont have the imagination left to cook up a compelling riff, Electrocute have used them to give garage rock an entirely hot makeover. On Troublesome Bubblegum sound blips from the 80s and nostalgic surf- and garage-rock guitars are carried along by bouncy, synth-pop programming. The end result is decidedly modern.
While some song titles are nonsensical and the lyrics make Electrocute sound like promiscuous ESL students, the music and vocals are a stylish and instantly likable combination. From the totally contagious "Shag Ball" and the absolutely perfect "Goodbye Johnny," the Berlin duo Nicole Morier (vocals, guitar, programming) and Mia von Matt (vocals) make Troublesome Bubblegum an action-packed, multidimensional ride. Its easy to see why these Fraüleins belong to the same rowdy gang as Peaches and Françoise Cactus (Stereo Total).