latest CD, The Tight Connection, released last year on the
Geller-owned label, Kindercore Records, is the soundtrack for every
good house party that you can't remember but will never forget.
Its 11 tracks bounce with the hip-moving thump-thump-thump that
reverberates on the steamy, late-night, Gotham City dance floors.
Dykes' soothing coo is a warm counter to the bright, digital click-clacks
and synthesized strings that force you to move-move-move your body
to the beat.
surprisingly, Geller says the suits from the major labels have been
sniffing around, trying to steal him away from his own label, a
jump he'd be happy to take for their next CD, expected in early
"Majors see our
potential," he said. "We don't draw the regular indie
crowd. Normal people really like us. Our demographic is really 20-something
girls looking for that cool band that fills that gap in their lives.
They identify with Amy -- she's a firebrand. There's this slight
obsession with her from these girls."
And then there's the
other IATWTC demographic: "We have a big stake in the gay market.
They love us," Geller said. "All these people come to
our shows -- girls, gay people, the hipsters -- and end up dancing
their asses off."
The duo have been bringing
the party since 2000, a year before the troubles in NYC would turn
their curious band name into a notorious reminder of sad, scary
"I just realized
this week that people who don't know who we are hear our name and
think we're a hardcore band," Geller said.
Even two years after
the event that "changed the world forever" people still
get alarmed over their name, which was chosen as a metaphor for
Geller and Dykes' personal and professional relationship. "I
guess we'll always get those questions about our name," he
said. "The questions were 10-fold less on our last tour then
the tour before. We can't worry about it. It's our name and we're
proud of it. We debated about changing it, but nothing else seems
Published in The Omaha Weekly-Reader Oct. 1,
2003. Copyright © 2003 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.
these people come to our shows -- girls, gay people, the hipsters
-- and end up dancing their asses off."