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Heathers: Here, Not There.Here, Not There. (2008)
Plan-It-X Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


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Heathers' Here, Not There. isn't so addicting because it breaks a bit from the Plan-It-X mold, but rather because the Dublin-based twin sisters sound like early Tegan and Sara but with the songwriting talents that came later on for the Canadian sibs. And yeah, the fact that they're twin sisters i.
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Heathers' Here, Not There. isn't so addicting because it breaks a bit from the Plan-It-X mold, but rather because the Dublin-based twin sisters sound like early Tegan and Sara but with the songwriting talents that came later on for the Canadian sibs.

And yeah, the fact that they're twin sisters isn't the only reason for the comparison -- the voices of 18-year-old sisters Louise and Ellie Macnamara definitely have the resemblance going on in their singing, too. But where they manage to stand out is the fact that they're more stooped in traditional Irish folk than modern indie pop with nothing more than their absolutely gorgeous voices and an acoustic guitar; the sincerity and confidence they exude is unlike anyone who they remotely sound like, with spot-on harmonizing, pitch-perfect melodies and plenty of involuntary sing-along moments.

The only thing that quite hurts Here, Not There. is its imbalance. "Remember When" and "Margie" pretty much blow away the rest of the album and leave you waiting for Heathers to match 'em. That doesn't really happen, but the disc manages to retain a fluid consistency and compellingness, from the high notes hit on "What's Your Damage?" to the pinpoint rambling on "Bloodpact"; the songs only clock in around two to three minutes apiece, anyway, so it's not like they have much time to lose you.

Nonetheless, Here, Not There. is an occasionally stunning and seriously adorable release that deserves as much notice as some of the bigger PIX names that have gained notoriety in recent times.

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IanIsSuperRad (August 18, 2008)

Oh, I get it. So if like Tegan and Sara were merely good as opposed to awesome.

I just can't get into T&S. I think it's the vocals. Hence why I think Heathers is so much better.

SilentStorms (August 18, 2008)

I haven't gotten into an all female band yet, but the myspace songs have made me buy the cd. Very good!

inagreendase (August 17, 2008)

How I've been describing this album to my friends is "Like Tegan & Sara if Tegan & Sara where good."

Oh, I get it. So if like Tegan and Sara were merely good as opposed to awesome.

IanIsSuperRad (August 17, 2008)

How I've been describing this album to my friends is "Like Tegan & Sara if Tegan & Sara where good."

Love these girls. They do an awesome cover of "This Year" by The Mountian Goats.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2nksSEC5Ak

acris (August 16, 2008)

This is definitely a fun album due to its catchiness, but it doesn't make much of an impression to me for the same reason. It seems to lack depth. Either way, the sisters are very sweet and entertaining to watch play.

ashtraymonument (August 15, 2008)

these girls played at my house with ghost mice, and both bands were some of the nicest people i ever met

holy_balls (August 15, 2008)

Are these chicks hot? If so, I want to do them. If not. I don't.

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