"Biz Bag" appears on the Bay Area band's upcoming EP, She's on Top, which I originally typed as "Who's the Boss" (blame Tony Danza...or Alyssa "Wen® Hair" Milano...or Judith Light..or Reagan-era sitcoms in general).
Why it's called "Biz Bag," I couldn't say, but it rocks in a big, bad, beautiful way—and I'm still kicking myself for missing their Seattle show last fall. I even took a picture of the poster, because I was so excited, but then deadlines got the best of me.
Here's an excerpt from Drag City's breathless press release:
This morning, Pitchfork premiered "Biz Bag," one of the completely bonk, top-of-the-pop-tart jams from the freshly pressed-and-forthcoming (May 21st!) "She’s On Top" 12" EP by Sic Alps. "She's On Top," a concise gem-drop! Pure rock 'n' roll directives of an unusually clean (for Sic Alps!) variety pour forever from das grooves and we're not gonna lie—this ain't no waxident, it's a classicident! One solid blast threatens to obliterate both end of yer parties* with vitality and charm, a peakingly [sic] planned romp into the twilight hours that float beyond the late-nite hours. Taste this first listen, and you'll eat exactly what we mean.
* I read that as "panties." (I suspect that DC main man Rian Murphy wrote this thing.)
Not sure what's going on with the cover art either, but I like it. The lady is lovely, but I sense that something is "off" with this picture—and I'm not talking about the incongruous layout and typography—but the fact that she looks like one of the Manson gals. And I apologize if she's a friend or relative of the band, but some of those Manson followers, like Bobby Beausoleil, were pretty easy on the eyes. Can anyone identify her?* (If so, she's clearly not Squeaky Fromme, the only female Family member I recognize due to her presidential assassination attempt.)
Postscript: Out of curiosity, I contacted Drag City's publicist, who explained that Mike Donovan found the photo fascinating—I knew I'd seen it before!—so he secured the rights to use it. Says publicist Kellie Morgan, "There was a band in the '60s called the Diggers—and a member of the band, Chuck Gould, took the photo of this woman, Zoe Leader." So, I was right about the Cali counterculture thing—and wrong about the serial killer component. In hopes of finding out more about Leader, I scoured the internet, but the only citation led to a dead link. There's a Lion King voice-over artist who shares that name, and most hits reference her in some way.