Shy Girls are Best New Band 2013, according to Willamette Week's annual poll of Portland's muscial movers and shakers. On the strength of their lone 4-song recording Sex in the City, and a sultry, groovy live presence, the band that began as Dan Vidmar's one-man bedroom act impressed mightily. We featured them as headliners for our PDX/Rx bill back in December, and also in our studios for a session you can revisit below (including the unreleased "How to Really Someone"). We summed Shy Girls up thusly at the time:
"It's not often a band from the local scene can claim un-ironic influence from names like Bell Biv DeVoe, GUY and the Backstreet Boys-- even less often still that they execute those cues well. But Sex in the City, the 4-song, bedroom-recorded debut from Shy Girls that appeared late last year, sounds transported from two decades back while still maintaining a freshness that rises well above novelty. It's a sexy, slinky set that recalibrates the notion of "neo-R&B" (it doesn't necessarily come from 1972 anymore).
The septet made up of vocalists Vidmar, Matthew Flowers and Jeni Wren, keyboardists Akila Fields and Ingmar Carlson, drummer Dan Sutherland and sax player Noah Bernstein play a pair from their debut EP, introduce a couple of new songs and talk about the expansion from their roots as a one man recording act to the dynamic band that was recently called one of the best live acts in town."
Not saying we called it, althought this is the third straight year that a band that recorded a session with us in December ended up being named "Best New Band" the following spring (following And And And and Radiation City).