Special/Signature Issues » 2013 Music Issue

11. The Garbers, "Haiku"

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After the demise of Hot Lava, Allison Apperson got together with former bandmate Matt Deans and Bio Ritmo's Giustino Riccio to play some fun pop music. They enjoyed it so much they decided to continue it as a full band. The group's danceable indie pop is full of Apperson's trademark catchy lyrics and modest harmonies and offers the listener a good time, although this track, "Haiku," is somewhat mean. "The chorus is a haiku, and it's not a nice one," Apperson says. "Who writes an angry haiku for anybody? We just thought that was kind of an interesting idea. Also, most of our songs are happy so it seemed about time to write something mean." The Garbers have an album coming out called "What Not to Wear" and are looking to finish it in July. Appropriately enough, it was recorded in the Garber building in Shockoe Bottom, which inspired the band's name. — Andrew Cothern

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