ALERT: new Blogorelli boy band crush!
It's been quite a while since I developed full fledged swooning over a boy band (OkGO=my last,) and I was starting to think I'd lost that loving feeling. Luckily, local duo and Harvard alums Chester French have revived me. Called "retro pop preppies" by the media, Maxwell Drummey and D.A. Wallach, darlings of Pharrell (he signed them to his Star Trak/Interscope label after C.F. rejected another offer by Kayne) are rocking my workdays.
The band is named after sculptor Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the John Harvard statue (yes, the one with the lucky foot) in Harvard yard. Plus, 23-year-old Drummey recently married 19-year-old British socialiste Peaches Geldof in a Las Vegas ceremony after dating for only four weeks, which gives me a new reason to read the Daily Mail online again! (Peaches-related articles are listed here.)
Spin Magazine named C.F. one of the best new bands of 2008, and they've even made Stereogum cynical:
"Then we have the Ivy League rock of Harvard grads Chester French, which is funny when you ricochet it off the Ivy League rock of Columbia grads Vampire Weekend. But Chester sound more like Weezer-lite than lite-Graceland. That, and they're not very good. They had a song on Entourage, though, and Pharrell signed them to Star Trak/Interscope. So, yeah, they'll show us. Take a listen at their MySpace. One of them majored in African-American Studies. That's not a joke."
I CANNOT WAIT for this album to release! Until then, I'll just continue my addictive and looped listening of the four catchy songs on Chester French's MySpace page.