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Tic Tic Boom! / Press

“You can almost smell the perfume and sweat from the dancefloor in the electro-pop of L.A. quartet Tic Tic Boom, whose swirling synths and disco sheen recall the days of Club MTV more than the cut-and-paste indie electronica that followed. The brainchild of singer-keyboardist Leilani Francisco and guitarist-vocalist Mike DeLay (who expand to a four-piece for live shows), Tic Tic Boom released its second EP, “Reasons & Rhymes,” earlier this year. Now they follow it up with “Bees,” a spring-loaded, five-minute banger that somehow sounds like London, 1990.”

“Conceived, created, crafted and finessed by Tic Tic Boom, Before The Sun Rises was brought to life in part thanks to the generosity of strangers via a PledgeMusic campaign. A hive mind Dr Frankenstein if you will, all of whom no doubt indulged in a cackle of delight, bellowing ‘it’s alive’ as the first bars of “For Feeling” explode out of the stereo. Indeed, from that very first moment, donors are assured that they made a wise choice as they are assaulted by a barrage of laser sharp electronics and beats. Leilani Francisco’s vocals offer a soft, sweet counterpoint to the urgent, jagged sound but the energy never dissipates, the tempo barely drops. Brief respite is provided by “Ghost Of You”, a short, melodious dreamy whisper of a track before the really very Delphic sounding (which is a good thing) “Cells” kicks in. Across the five tracks of Before The Sun, “Bees” and “Constellation Boy” complete the package, Tic Tic Boom has crafted an EP of delicious, vi”

“Tic Tic Boom has crafted an EP of delicious, vibrant electro-pop. Energetic and addictive, the EP blends beguiling pop hooks with pulsating club friendly synths. Depending on your sensibilities, you will most likely find yourself subconsciously nodding, singing choruses loud or cutting the most amazing shapes as you listen and enjoy. It is not an EP of passive sounds, it is an EP designed to be engaged with and it won’t settle for anything less. ”

“The absolutely charming pair are Mike DeLay (guitar, vox) and Leilani Francisco (synth, lead vox) aka Tic Tic Boom! an LA electro-pop band that played to the packed house for the release party of their EP Reasons & Rhymes.”

“In Tic Tic Boom!’s EP Reasons & Rhymes, I can hear the youthful angst that I kept hidden during my private school days. The Hollywood-based group meshes synth pop with garage rock while lead singer Leilani Francisco whispers and bellows out catchy choruses. The sophomore EP comprises of five tracks, including “The Pattern,” “The Open,” “180 Degrees,” “The Floodgate” and “Just Friends.” The indie pop foursome releases Reasons & Rhymes this Monday at The Viper Room.”

“A while back a friend sent me a link to a fun powerpop song “Me and You” by LA locals Tic Tic Boom! I dug it but let it sink into the archives of cool-local-bands-I-should-be seeing-live-but-never-seem-to-get-around-to. Thankfully, Tic Tic Boom! is back at it with an endearing EP collection of sweet electro-pop-tacular songs, REASONS & RHYMES. The four-member group maintains their powerpop feel with fresh electronic arrangements. The switch to synthpop results in a somewhat more refined sound despite the same simple, almost childlike vocals featured in their earlier work. This time, digging into my archive won’t be necessary as Tic Tic Boom! will be playing at The Viper Room on January 17th at their EP release party. Calendar, inked. ”