Self-described as “creamsicle, dreamsoda, poprockz, bubble grunge,” punk duo Horrible/Adorable are the kind of band that will kick your ass and then kiss your cheek. Made up of singer/guitarist Kiki and drummer/backing vocalist CKBH, the girls from Oakland know how to have a good time whether you like it or not.
The track “DMV” is a love story about being a teenager and seeing a cute guy while getting your license. It’s a fun song that features a simple but catchy beat and uses the theme well within the lyrics. “Why don’t you parallel park into my heart?” Kiki asks in the bridge of the song.Lyrics and themes like this coat the song with the imagery of young love.
“Hail Sk8n” is arguably the hardest hitting track from their live set on KALX Live with louder than life crashes and a guitar riff that has some funk to it while hitting the power chords. What makes this song a standout is when Kiki goes from her signature crooning style to yelling into the microphone.
Instruments take the lead on “Ready, Set, Go,” a song with “oohs” and “aahs” interlaced with drums matching the guitar chords. It makes for an upbeat tune that you can’t help but bob your head to.
Overall, Horrible/Adorable leans more toward the adorable than the horrible, but still not taking flak from anyone else. The girls know what they’re about and like to have fun and that’s made abundantly clear in their live set on KALX Live.