Absent Akridge is scheduled to perform on Friday, June 4, at Marquee Theatre in Tempe.
Oy vey, these kids are young. How young? Well, they still have that wet, matted, quivering-foal youngness to them. You know? That certain gooeyness that just screams "Clearasil-sponsored talent search winners." Raised on the mean streets of Fountain Hills, this mixed-gender foursome certainly looks the part of the lean, hungry, TRL-ready power-pop band. And their sound? Surprisingly soulful and polished. Where one might expect scream-o shredding and callow profundities, you instead find well-structured, emotionally authentic songwriting that has more in common with the scene's jangle-rock golden era than the current crop of emo-influenced posture-whores. Perhaps the most distinctive — and impressive — aspect of the music is the singing of Christina Allbright, a give-no-quarter tomboy redhead who combines the sibilant songbird wailing of The Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan with the skank-siren abandon of Courtney Love. Absent Akridge is marking the release of their Where Have You Been? debut EP by headlining a show featuring nine local bands, including 20 Days Gone, Sisterbrother, and The Crush.