Artist of the day: Bet Me I'm Lying
There are a lot of local teenage and prepubescent bands out there, but not many embrace an overtly throwback sound.
Bet Me I'm Lying -- guitarist Kirk Adikes, 13; bassist Jamie Craske, 12; vocalist CJ Harris, 14; drummer Brendan Marquardt, 11; and guitarist Jackson Marquardt, 12 -- play a blend of alternative pop that blends the mod-tinged pop of the Hollies and Jefferson Airplane with R.E.M.'s western-tinged tracks from the early '90s.
Like indie-kid-rockers Smoosh, the raw sound and childlike vocals add to the appeal of the band, whose members all live in Largo's Harbor Bluffs neighborhood. They recently recorded a homemade, self-titled CD, and now that summer's here, they've been playing more gigs around town.
"When they play live, they're almost like a jam band," said Matt Marquardt, dad to Jackson and Brendan and the band's de facto manager.
Click here to listen to their track Slowly Fading.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*