August 1, 2009

Spotlight on Monolith: Ida Maria

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Finally! It seems there is finally a real Rocker-chick that plays good music. The music world has had a bit of a drought lately, with such acts as Lady Gaga, Pink, or that one with the beehive and the smack problem. While many of the artists have admirable qualities, Ida Maria seems to be the whole package: edgy, talented, fun, a little insane, and cute as hell.

Norwegian-born Ida Maria has been making waves in clubs and festivals (including this year’s SXSW and Lollapalooza) across the world with her brand of Pop-Punk. Sounding much like her fellow Monolither, Karen O of The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, her voice is simultaneously raw and melodic. Her vocal range can go from shouting and thrashing in “Stella,” to a Norah Jones-esque crooning in “Keep Me Warm.” That range is combined with raunchy lyrics and a fast, simple beat in “I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked,” creating an intensely fun and contagious song.

When she’s not singing and going ballistic onstage, Ida Maria plays her own backup musician, working the rhythm guitar. Stefan Törnby (lead guitar), Johannes Lindberg (bass), and Olle Lundin (drums) round out the band.

LIVE: September 12 / Monolith Festival

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