"What if the Velvet Underground covered 'Sugar Sugar'"?
"Meet the Gothees" is a bubblegoth good time. The centerpiece is that diabolical version of "Sugar Sugar," so steamy it almost warrants a warning label. There are five originals including the tone-setting, "Some Irony Required," and a gothabilly track called "Country Pop Song." "Falco" merges Donovan's "There is a Mountain" with a narrative about the death of Falco. The most brilliant stroke might be a cover of "Love Will Tear Us Apart" that seamlessly evolves into "Love Will Keep Us Together," pulling off the death-defying feat of marrying Joy Division and Captain and Tennille (good thing Curtis isn't alive to hear that). - PITTSBURGH POST GAZETTE
The Gothees: Meet The Gothees (Starfish Records)
"Bubblegoth" is how The Gothees describe their music -- though it's almost more of a musicological experiment disguised as a band: Where does '60s and '70s bubblegum meet goth? The answer, as proposed by the group's debut full-length Meet The Gothees, seems to lie somewhere between new wave and surf rock.
Meet the Gothees is half originals, half re-imagined chestnuts from the two genres, including songs by The Monkees, The Archies, Psychedelic Furs and Joy Division. This is "Sugar Sugar" as David Lynch would like it; "Pretty in Pink" with more of a "Crimson and Clover" feel. Other points of reference include They Might Be Giants and, revealingly, Falco.
Waldo P. Emerson Jones III (The Gothees all have stage names) interprets these tunes in a deadpan Ian Curtis-meets-Peter Murphy warble as the band lays down washed-out jangly guitars, chilly bass lines and drums, and the occasional synth or theremin. The Gothees' own songs range from pleasant and straightforward ("Another Starless Night") to Dr. Demento fare ("Pop County Song").
Meet the Gothees will be an unpleasant pill to swallow for those who take either goth or bubblegum too seriously; for anyone else, it's a playful and novel romp across time and genre. As the disc's first song advises, "Some Irony Required." - CITY PAPER