mp3: "Top 8" - Who Is She?

words: Sarah Hojsak

There’s a new band on the scene in Seattle (and they have a really great name). Who Is She? is something of a supergroup – it’s the project of Tacocat’s Bree McKenna, Lisa Prank’s Robin Edwards, and Chastity Belt’s Julia Shapiro. The trio of friends began writing songs together, inspired by the missed connection ads they’d read in the newspaper. Now, the project has grown into a self-described “all-killer no filler” collection of inside-joke-filled songs, with debut album Seattle Gossip due out Oct. 6 on Father/Daughter Records

Who Is She?’s first single, “Top 8,” is the kind of energetic, conversational song that totally sounds like it was made by a group of best friends. It’s warm and upbeat, hopelessly catchy, with a spot-on look into the complexities of friendship. The MySpace Top 8 may be a thing of the past, but as Who Is She? so aptly conveys, social life doesn’t get any easier. “Don’t text me back till Monday, how is that supposed to make me feel? / Even when we are alone you treat me like a total 3rd wheel,” the band sings, asking “How do I get into your top 8?” Even with the confession of these everyday anxieties, Who Is She?’s cheerful honesty and optimism reassures us that it’ll all turn out okay (and makes us want to be best friends with this band).