Dynamite Fraulein has been around for nearly a year. The band played under different monikers throughout 2004, carefully honing its sweetly humongous sound, a sound that is best compared to an iron fist in a velvet glove.
They feature not one but two singers. The comely one is Tawni Freeland, late of Kansas (the geographical location, not your other favorite band). The one with glasses is John Cregan, and he also plays lead guitar. The other guitar player, Hunter Sandison, is known for his killer riffs and hot looks. Eric Boso is the tall, quiet one. He plays the bass, anchors the group and contemplates a scandalous tell-all.
Jorge Barba brings both a hard hitting rhythm, an encyclopedic knowledge of the San Fernando Valley and a large collection of berets to the table.
Their debut EP is set for release in February 2005. It features five songs, mostly written by John and Tawni, both alone and together. The five songs compose a brief tour through the Fraulein sound. "I Never Knew" is the Dynamite's show closer, but it opens proceedings here, with a surging bass, stentorian vocal, and intoxicating chorus. "She's So Groovy" is the harder rocking side of the band, with a large twin guitar attack. "Always" is the archetypal Freeland anthem, with a solo straight outta '82. And doesn't every boy dream that they someday could be the subject of "I Want You"? But when Tawni sings it, it sounds like more like a threat than a promise. The proceedings are reduced to a shambles with the T-Rexstacy of "What's Left of My Car," a tribute to backseat carnality that has been described as "very loud."