When DC art punk hipsters decide they want to make sunny 60s and 70s pop, you get something like Georgie James. It's Captain and Tennille for the ultra-serious fans who like Dischord Records bands like post-punk operation Q and Not U. (Georgie frontman John Davis used to be their drummer.) Partnered with Laura Burhenn, they become a too cutely named pop unit with a disconcerting penchant for writing bouncy ditties about war and death.
On Cake Parade, a spacy-sounding Burhenn sings, "Looks like a perfect day / to put our soldiers in an early grave." When Davis drops the nostalgia act in the sharp refrains of Need Your Needs, acknowledging his punk strengths, you hear Georgie's potential. Too bad so much time is wasted trying to update other musical eras instead of looking forward.