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Bringing to mind PJ Harvey and the Geraldine Fibbers, Ramona the Pest features the songs and rich voice of Valery Esway. Dark and pretty, ethereal and edgy. Intricate rhythms, crying guitars and heartfelt lyrics. "Powerful, lithe vocals and apocalyptic odes with a dark, brooding, largely acoustic sound full of Lynchian creepy-crawly-isms." - East Bay Express.
Ramona's CD, Cans of Worms, shows a band with dark touches and a restrained acoustic approach, producing a
constantly mutating progressive rock. Valerie Esway's vocals manage to sound both troubling and breezy. Hers is a big
round voice that likes to go up on its edges, trill throatily, or pass through some Middle Eastern in-between notes. "Monsters
in the Window" provides almost a pop framework, on which bits of graceful melody are hung, amid lush backing vocals.
"Uninvited Guests," built around an angular guitar riff, comes off as a skewed gem. Likewise "Martyr Girl." Wish I'd had a
lyric sheet. The melodies glide through those uncomfortable intervals, and the band thrashes tastefully, with ex-Counting
Crow Tobias III providing percussion. Very interested to see this happen live.
Tracks: Frostbite Lullaby