Adrian & the Sickness
B.F.D. (Fantom Records)
Reviewed by Margaret Moser, Fri., Nov. 20, 2009
Adrian & the SicknessB.F.D. (Fantom Records)
What does Kathy Valentine do in her spare time? The locally situated Go-Go's bassist produces stellar recordings like Adrian & the Sickness' B.F.D. The Austin-based power trio – guitarist Adrian Conner relocated here from Seattle three years ago – delivers muscular rock & roll without a smidgen of roots, folk, or country, just the 1-4-5 and crank the volume, thank you. It's a match made in girl-group heaven. While the band's previous recordings have been rock-solid, B.F.D. positively levitates with energetic tracks such as "What Ya Do ta Me," "Rice 'n Beans," and "Talk to Me." Conner and Valentine co-wrote "Listening," "Common Ground," the title track, and "Not Sure," a seamless collaboration of beats and harmony that fuses bassist Heather Webb and drummer Melodie Zapata into a feverish mix. More please, from all parties involved.