HYPE CHECK: Lissy Trullie—Cute Girl With Guitar or a Reason to Care About Lower East Side Rock?

[Photos/Text by Andrew Parks]

The Artist and Her Self-Released Debut: Lissy Trullie, Self-Taught Learner EP

What’s been said: “She might look like Agyness Deyn and play gigs at art galleries, but with a tomboy growl and Television–ish guitar hooks, her first EP brings enough attitude to put art stars in their place.” – Rolling Stone

“Andy Warhol would have loved Lissy Trullie: Not only does she boast deadly downtown looks–striking, model thin and with a penchant for bowler hats–she’s got the attitude and serious songwriting chops to match.” – Time Out New York

“Trullie serves up tough new-wave riffs and throatily sung girl-group melodies that are as effortlessly cool as her favorite black leather jacket.” – SPIN

Our Take: Honestly? Trullie’s headlining set at Brooklyn’s Union Hall felt tiresome at just over half an hour–Hot Chip cover (“Ready For the Floor”) included. That’s because her songs lack any clear hooks behind a few bouncy passages and an anemic palette of ooh’s and ah’s. If that’s all it takes to get Time Out to say you play “’60s girl group sounds,” then we’d rather go listen to the Pipettes. At least they don’t take themselves so seriously.

Hypeworthy? On one level, yes, because New York could use a singer, male or female, with a “fuck you” attitude and effortless style. Let’s be honest, folks: this city still misses the Strokes. And you know why? Because listening to their first two albums made all of us–even socially-inept critics–feel bad ass, and their third wasn’t nearly as awful as everyone made it out to be. Hey, at least this news slipped out in late March: “After a long and much needed hibernation period that saw many of the band’s various other musical projects emerge, we’re pleased to announce that The Strokes are now all back hard at work in their NYC space on writing and rehearsing new material for a 4th full-length album. No recording studio time has been booked yet, as they sketch out the blue-prints of new songs and fine tune plans in their rehearsal space, but it will undoubtedly be all mapped out and etched in stone at some point in the not-too-distant future.” Let’s just hope that Pharrell Williams doesn’t get his way.

For now, we wish Lissy Trullie the best in proving us wrong with a full-length that actually justifies her mounting pile of press clips.