Pat Benatar fronting System of a Down. Shakira leading the Foo Fighters. Both of these scenarios may seem to spell disaster on paper, but in reality they might sound something like NYC’s MeTalkPretty. Which is not a bad thing at all, especially considering that the band just won an MTV VMA for Best Breakout Band in NYC.
MeTalkPretty is lead by Armenian-Romanian singer Julia Preotu, who shares both a similar ethnic background and a vocal range that includes the same throaty warbles as SOAD’s Serj Tankian. Rounded out by guitarist Leon Lyazidi, bassist Nate Meng and drummer James Kluz, the band’s brand of rock is hard, heavy and rife with chugging grunge guitars and machine gun bass and drums. But with Pretou at the helm like a gypsy Gwen Stefani, the MeTalkPretty’s music stays unpredictable, explosive and hella good.