Haley Bowery has balls. Not, like, man-balls, but balls as in attitude. On this, her debut album, the 10 tracks fizz and spit with Haley's Juliette Lewis-esque vocals and buzzing background track.
The combination of Haley's vocal talents and the musicianship of the Manimals remind me of a slightly more lo-fi Juliette and the Licks (as I said earlier), or, if any readers are familiar with the US reality show The Voice, second-placed finalist Juliet Simms' band Automatic Loveletter.
The album is only ten tracks long and yet packs an enormous amount of variety in such a short time. Tracks like "Born Strange" and "Blitzed" come at you in a storm of guitars and fiery lyrics, whereas "Jukebox Dive" shows off Haley's softer side. Either way, this shows off the impressive vocal range of the singer - whether in an upbeat punk song or a slow ballad, her voice provides the perfect complement to the music.
Speaking of the music, the Manimals' backing music is, while nothing mind-bending, absolutely ideal for the kind of music that they are playing. The playing is tight and the composition works very well with Haley's vocals to produce some excellent pieces of pop-punk music. I'd recommend any fans of bands like Juliette and the Licks and Paramore to give this a listen.
"Born Strange" is released on June 19. Stream the second single from the album, "All Lies", below: