Singer and multi-instrumentalist Tiff Schirz formed the Electrets in late 2013 with bassist Stephanie Rose, after the two met through a mutual friend. She soon enlisted longtime friend and musician Mindy Ihrke to cover keyboards/percussion and some vocals, and Andrea “A.C.” Cline completed the lineup on drums.
The all-female foursome blends blues-rock and post-punk grooves with quirky keyboard lines, harmonies, and modern-day female irreverence. The name ‘Electrets’ was inspired by an old, electret-type microphone – a nod to the band’s affinity for technology and sounds from the analog era. ‘Electrets’ also, Tiff notes, sounds ‘vaguely female.’
Their first EP, ‘Misfit’, was released on August 16 2014, with a release show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles.
Clocking in at under 20 minutes, this EP is an ever-fascinating smorgasbord of indie rock, post-punk, garage rock and possible other things, which is packed with melody, charisma and a certain kind of wistful nostalgia; an indescribably pleasant, summery retro-feel is spiked throughout the diversified recordings.
The talent it takes to blend and create these diverse guitar-driven soundscapes is something that shouldn’t be taken lightly in 2014, although the approach to this EP would certainly tend to obscure this to everyone, except those with discerning minds and ears.
The Electrets have a unique style of music in my opinion. It’s perfect, its infectious and endearing, it’s everything an alternative indie-rock album or EP should be, and what I wish music was more like today. It’s a rare blend of spirited vocals and guitar riffs which make you want to rock out!
‘Misfit’ replaces the subtle abrasiveness of post-punk era, with full on guitar ferocity and simplistically charming melodies together with grandiose surf tinged art-pop keyboards, signaling a great overall maturity in the Electrets sound. Prime examples are the standout tracks, “See You At The Morgue”, “I Can Be Better” and the title track, “Misfit”.
Tiff Schirz’s amazingly nostalgia-inducing vocals holds the songs together, all of which seem to have perfected the whole power-punk and rock styling thing. If someone tries to tell you women can’t make good music, let the Electrets show them how wrong they are
This EP ranges from punk madness in “Elephant In The Room” to pop-rock sweetness in “Be Someone”, and manages to be incredibly catchy and addictive no matter what
‘Misfit’ has such a wonderful flow, a sense of free abandon, yet is tautly produced from start to finish with not one errant or hesitant note. It manages to sound powerful, spontaneous and heartfelt.
The songs will charm you in more different ways than you thought possible, even more so when they’re performed by this lovable band with a kickass rhythm section and endearing vocals to hold it all together.
‘Misfit’ was produced by Lucas Fackler and the Electrets. It was recorded by Lucas Fackler at the Compound Studios, Granada Hills, CA and mixed by Andrew Schubert at Mix LA, Tarzana, CA. Mastering was done by Lurssen Mastering, Hollywood, CA.