Unless you live in Sacramento or elsewhere in Northern California, you probably haven’t heard of Agent Ribbons. Even if you do live here, you may not have heard of them (I do, and I just found out about them yesterday). Luckily, The Elohim gave us humans the knowledge to create the Internets, a magical place that allows you to, among other things, check out bands from all over the world without having to leave the sweet succor of your computer monitor’s cool blue glow.
The all-girl duo consists of Natalie Gordon (vocals/guitar) and Lauren Hess (drums/accordion). The group surely appeal to fans of the Ditty Bops, but Agent Ribbons sound is much more gutsy. Gordon’s voice has a syrupy, bluesy resonance that calls to mind Erika Wennerstrom of The Heartless Bastards, though not as forceful, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
The songs are so elegantly simple and familiar, they feel like old friends. I found myself humming along after only a couple of listens, though people are starting to wonder why I’m imploring them to “go on and call me Margaret.” …The name does have a nice ring to it.