Music, Singles, The Revue — April 26, 2016 at 8:00 am

Ramonda Hammer – “If, Then” (single premiere)

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Ramonda HammerIn 1993, Liz Phair’s iconic and brilliant debut album, Exile in Guyville, was released. It was celebrated far and wide for Phair’s poignant lyricism, lo-fi grittiness, and raw, emotional power. To this very day, Exile in Guyville remains one of the best records of all-time. It is also one of the most influential with a new wave of singer-songwriters like St. Vincent (Annie Clark), Alison Crutchfield (Swearin’), Katie Crutchfield (Waxahatchee), Sadie Dupuis (Speedy Ortiz), and Leah Wellbaum (Slothrust) following in Phair’s footsteps.

Add Devin Davis’ name to this list. The frontwoman of Los Angeles grunge-garage-pop quartet Ramonda Hammer is writing music that is brutally honest and emotionally charged, and her songs focus on the fragility of human spirit and the ignorance and self-absorption that inflict many of us. Yet at the same time, there is a defiance in her message and vocals. The other three members of Ramonda Hammer – Andy Hengl, Justin Geter, and Danny Louangxay – meanwhile, create the edgy palette for Davis to tell her stories.

The band’s newest single, “If, Then”, demonstrates the harmony between the band. This track shimmers with the edginess of ’90s grunge but has the garage-pop melodies popularized in the late ’90s and early ’00s. The guitar hook and solo are terrific and thankfully not overdone. But what gives the song its emotion is Davis’ voice, which reaches devastating levels like a wounded heart screaming to be healed, to be forgiven. This all sounds like Liz Phair, doesn’t it?

Hear “If, Then” below in this single premiere. It’s a spectacular song that will stay with you for days on end. The song is the latest single from Ramonda Hammer’s debut album, Whatever That Means, which arrives this Friday, April 29th. Follow the band at its various social media sites to get details on where to purchase the album.

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