Icky Blossoms, Icky Blossoms

Barry Walters

By Barry Walters

on 07.17.12 in Reviews

Omaha’s Icky Blossoms make indie dance-rock graced with the nervy dimestore cool of pulpy indie cinema. The group — made up of Tilly and the Wall guitarist Derek Pressnall, engineering student Sarah Bohling and filmmaker Nicholas Fackler — reinvigorates the late-’80s/early-’90s sounds and vibes of Wax Trax! Records, Gregg Araki films and other shadowy places where love meets danger with the help of their ace producer, kindred dark soul Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio.

A blast of dry-ice cool on a sticky summer day

Icky Blossoms’ credentials don’t exactly scream darkness: Fackler directed Martin Landau and Ellen Burstyn in the 2008 old folks romance Lovely, Still, while Pressnall appeared with Tilly on Sesame Street. But here they let their inner bad boy bummer rule: Synthetic grooves pulsate and flash as fractured guitars spew squid-ink clouds of tension and mystery. Bohling specializes in a petulant deadpan copped from the bad girls of post-punk and film noir; rapping in unison with Pressnall on the hyperbolically sleazy “Sex to the Devil,” she’s one stray footfall away from stumbling into utter ludicrousness, but maintains her swagger throughout. At the center there’s “Babes,” a female empowerment electro anthem so slinky you can hear the fishnet stockings in stiletto heels. Icky Blossoms is a blast of dry-ice cool on a sticky summer day.