2:54

The sisters Thurlow of 2:54 are back with a follow-up to their critically-acclaimed debut album. The London duo released The Other I last year and are currently on their first U.S. headlining tour, making a stop at Rickshaw Stop this week with Honeyblood and K. Skelton.

In 2011, 2:54 supported bands like  Warpaint, The xx, Wild Beasts, and others while supporting and collecting fans of their moody lyrics (and look) and atmospheric sound around the world. The Other I is the Thurlow sisters, emboldened. The production quality on tracks like the hauntingly beautiful "Blindfold"  is a notable improvement and the band's detail-oriented approach is stellar. Lyrically improvements and a slightly darker edge than before had me take an immediate like to the new album.

Opening for 2:54 are Scottish duo Honeyblood. Also hailing from the UK, these two ladies are known for their minimal set-up and catchy songs. A personal favorite is "Super Rat," an ode to all the big fishes in the little ponds who are probably not very modest about being so. I'm really just automatically a fan of a song that can make the line "You really do disgust me" into a fleshed out hook. Stina Tweeddale (vocals, guitar), and Cat Myers (drums) are more than just indie pop hits, with notable tracks like "I'd Rather Be" having folk elements woven in. Honeyblood is still rolling off the success of their debut album released last year and came up as critics' darlings -- popping up on lots of last year's year-end lists.

Check out the video for "Blindfold" by 2:54 below, where empty public transit stations have never looked cooler. Cop your tickets to this show already!

2:54, Honeyblood, K. Skelton
Rickshaw Stop
March 11, 2014
8pm, $15 (all ages)

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