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To those familiar with Matinée's singles catalog, Strawberry Whiplash will sound a whole lot like guitarist Laz McCluskey's solo project, Bubblegum Lemonade. To the uninitiated, Strawberry Whiplash will sound a whole lot like Tiger Trap, the Primitives, and Heavenly. This is, in other words, jangly, reverb-swathed pop, rooted in bands like the Velvet Underground and the Byrds and frosted over with Sandra's cool, unaffected vocals. No matter what they sound like, one thing is clear: Strawberry Whiplash's debut EP, 2008's Who's in Your Dreams?, offers a nice glimpse of this band's addictive, playful pop creations. Standout songs include "It Rains on Other Planets" (which makes a playful reference to Laz's solo project) and the title track, both of which are luminous with tambourines, keyboards, and Laz's frolicsome lyrics. It's ultimately the dynamic between Sandra and Laz that makes this little disc really shine; Sandra's shy, slight vocals offer the perfect counterbalance to Laz's buzzy guitar shamblings. This probably isn't the kind of music that will shake up the indie pop world with its ingenuity, seeing how there's plenty of sweet, buzzy, boy-girl indie pop that crops up from year to year. But it's not the kind that will go unnoticed, either. Good pop songs tend to stand the test of time, and Strawberry Whiplash have made some good pop songs.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

One of several C-86-style indie pop projects involving Glasgow's Lawrence "Laz" McCluskey, Strawberry Whiplash is primarily a collaboration between McCluskey and vocalist Sandra. Deriving their name from the bands Strawberry Switchblade and Meat Whiplash, the duo formulated a sweet, reverb-kissed sound that nodded to acts like Tiger Trap, Heavenly, and Black Tambourine. Making their first appearance on The Matinee Hit Parade, a compilation released in honor of that label's tenth anniversary, Strawberry...
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