So here's what you might know about junior prom: the Brooklyn duo's self-titled debut EP dropped today on Elektra Records. Its five tracks of arresting indie pop hook listeners with cool kid vocals atop driving beats that are equally at home underneath guitars or synths. It's as if Mark Solomich and Erik Ratensperger raided a late '80s pop radio playlist, cowbells and all, dressed it in an Internet age sense of urgency and took it out on the town for cocktails. They're about to jump on tour with Panic! at the Disco, so you've got about ten or fifteen minutes to get on this before they start dating Taylor Swift.
Check out the lead track from the EP "Sheila Put the Knife Down." It's a real ditty and is perhaps the catchiest prelude to a murder that we've ever heard:
Usually for our "3 Things" series, the acts stick to three responses, but these guys were so quiptastic that we just let them have some fun with it.
Mark: Growing Bonsai trees.
Erik: I used to build model airplanes when I was a kid. Now I just do the Internet.
I'll know I have made it when...
Mark: I'm a judge on "America's Got Talent."
Erik: I win the lottery or if I get a spot on "Dancing with the Stars."
One thing people don't know…
Mark: I play a right-handed guitar left-handed.
Erik: I’m a great dancer after a few.
If I wasn't a musician I'd be…
Mark: Hopefully the captain of a cruise ship, but most likely first mate.
I'm really afraid of…
Mark: Losing this eBay bid on this "No Fear" shirt. I really want it and it'll complete my collection.
Erik: Getting hit by a car. I’ve already been hit on Canal and Varick – it fucking sucked.
My friends think I'm…
Mark: Always five minutes late.
Erik: Neurotic. I call it passion.
I really hate it when...
Mark: The power goes out when I brew coffee and toast bread at the same time. Apparently it's one or the other, and really, there's no good choice there.
Erik: People cough in their hand, then extend it to shake your hand.
I got starstruck when…
Mark: I saw Sisqo of "Thong Song" fame in a Home Depot. He was buying a bunch of wood. Probably building a deck.
Erik: Well, not necessarily starstruck, but I felt honored to meet Kate Pierson of the B-52s when we played with them a couple months back.
The most annoying thing about my job…
Mark: Loading gear at 2 a.m. when it's six degrees outside and arguing with a belligerent cab driver over the absurd fare he's trying to charge.But Mama said there'd be days like this.
Erik: I started out on cleanup but now I’m washing lettuce, soon I’ll be on fries, then the grill; in a year or two, I make assistant manager…and THAT’s where the big bucks come in.
Check out Junior Prom's brand new video for "Sheila Put The Knife Down":