Formed in 2010, MAKE OUT consists of New York native Hennessey on vocals, Jesper Mortensen (formerly of Junior Senior, aka Junior) on back-up vocals and guitar, Anders Christiansen on bass and Olivia Alminiana behind the drums. Playing fast, manic, condensed pop songs, the group eschews the fuzzed-out sounds its contemporaries are churning out. Instead, MAKE OUT explodes with anthems like “I Don’t Want Anybody That Wants Me”, the group’s first single, out December 14.
After Junior Senior disbanded, Mortensen left London for his native Denmark but soon realized he had to move to New York to find someone who shared his vision of what an exciting new pop group should be. In a stroke of brilliant luck, Hennessey was the first person he met in the city. “Jesper had written a few songs and asked me to listen and give him my thoughts,” she recalls. “Listening to the songs, I realized that he was asking if I wanted to sing and I was like, ‘Are you asking me to be in your band, because I can do that.'” Mortensen then persuaded his long time graphic designer friend Christiansen to learn to play bass and move to New York. The 3 started rehearsing in the spring of 2010 and after countless demoralizing drummer auditions they finally met DIY-loving, Portland, Oregon native Olivia A. through all-girl drummer mag, Tom Tom Magazine. The band was ready to go.
Trading on Mortensen’s manic take on pop music and the musical sensibility Hennessey developed from her own frenzied upbringing (and influence of her stepfather, The New York Dolls’ David Johansen), the band hooked up with producer Nicolas Vernhes (Dirty Projectors, Animal Collective, The Fiery Furnaces) at his Rare Book Room studios in Brooklyn. Crafting a series of pop songs you can both dance and rock out to, MAKE OUT recorded their debut EP, due out February 2011.
“Right from the beginning we’ve had the exact same idea of what a new, exciting band should be,” says Mortensen. “It’s time for new bands to think differently. Forget all your influences and just make really good music.”
December 16 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
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