HIGH SCHOOL SWEETHEARTS “HEELS ‘N’ WHEELS”
Co-led by vocalist Cynthia Santiglia and longtime Electric Frankenstein guitarist John Steele, The High School Sweethearts return with their second album on Get Hip Recordings!
Heels ‘n’ Wheels brings more of the fun, raucous, guitar-fueled rock n’ roll HSS does so well; packed with hooks and riffs and sweetened juuuuuuust a bit with infectious “Brill Building” melodies. Punk , pop and garage delightfully converge, perfectly showcasing the band’s irresistible part-trash/part-panache style and reminding you that the best rock n’ roll means great times, great songs, and the refusal to sacrifice either!
The Heel ‘n’ Wheels CD and digital versions feature three smokin’ bonus tracks not included on the LP: covers of The Avengers’ “Thin White Line” and Bowie’s “Moonage Daydream” and original coda track “Not Coming Back (Reprise).”
“Just take those old records off the shelf— or better yet, don’t. The High School Sweethearts go back to the future on their second album. The New Jersey group will draw some comparisons to The Donnas, but this coed combo is far less metal- and arena-influenced than those California girls. Built on guitars, bass, drums, and Farfisa (yeah!), the Sweethearts’ songs employ abundant melodic gifts and just the right mix of mischief and sincerity on songs like ‘Cherry Hi-Way’ and ‘Downtown Girl.’ Hey, those Donnas are entertaining and all, but in some ways their act is a bit of a caricature; this is more convincing. The Feelies’ Dave Weckerman drums on a few tracks. Absolutely fabulous.” – Mike Cimicata, Yeah Yeah Yeah (No. 22)