be•ta male (bay-tuh meyl) n.
You've heard about sin and redemption and here's the ultimate proof. Beta Male are hormone-saturated new wave dance rock; a colossal and creamy cluster. Husband’s Girlfriend is the lead off track from the Indianapolis group’s awaited debut EP and upcoming album. While deep in coitus musicales and high level conceptual grandeur (check out the hula hoop & video projection stage show), Beta Male transcends the roots of heavy pop breathing (Felt, Pulp, Roxy Music) with deliriously brilliant melodies, guitar soloing and hookery alongside tag-team synth sheen. Singing drummer P. David Hazel carries each song with beat and a crooning of voyeuristic imagery. Hazel’s texts tell first of redemption and then of sin. “Mirror Ball” is a lean affair, morphing from the after-effect of the all nighter toward Tyler Bowman’s bass groove and Vess Ruhtenberg’s wall of sound guitar. “Husband’s Girlfriend” is incredibly sexy exploration with Allison Hazel and Jess Hack’s vocal pile-on. “Make Haste” updates an unwritten Cars tune into a swinging electronic force that travels to the epicenter of pop. Completely of this time, no throwback, Beta Male creates music for the curious, the reprobates and revolutionaries.
P. David Hazel: drums, lead vocals
Tyler Bowman: bass
Allison Hazel: synth, vocals, creating a diversion
Jess Hack: synth, auxiliary percussion
Vess Ruhtenberg: guitar, vocal