Drummers get a bad rap. Yes, there are tons of insane ones and the drummer jokes about skinsmen wanting to do their own songs are largely legit. But if Dave Grohl has taught us anything, it is to not underestimate the drummer as songwriter/frontman. Fabrizio Moretti, drummer boy for The Strokes, fights the stereotype with his impressive “side band,” Little Joy. The trio’s self-titled album has Strokes-ian qualities (specifically the vocals), but definitely stands on its own merits — great Indie Pop songs with an infectious Brazilian flair thanks, presumably, to singer/guitarist Rodrigo Amarante of Brazilian band Los Hermanos. Little Joy is a big joy to listen to — playful, happy and exuberant and minus the angstiness of their Indie Rock peers — and the band’s show this Sunday at the Southgate House should be an absolute blast.
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