Daytrotter a Day #5: Themes (Released 04.05.13)
Themes recorded their first session for Daytrotter in 2011. I'm not sure why they were invited back. A husband-wife duo (plus a drummer) from Portland, Jacy McIntosh and Kelsey Crawford share vocal duties on their fairly straightforward rock songs. Kelsey sings with a warble similar to Lissie. Jacy sings like an out-of-tune Muppet. When I first heard his voice come in on "Silence is a Good Pill," I seriously said out loud, "Is this a fucking joke?" Silence would be a good pill for this guy. It's even worse on "Trouble Makers," where his vocals are in the forefront. The song ends with him repeatedly insisting inharmoniously, "It's not over yet." Quit reminding me. But I promised you guys I'd listen to the entire session, so I did. But I'm never listening again.
Sign up for an annual Daytrotter membership here. I swear there are better sessions than this.