Hannah Georgas @ The Drake Underground
By: Adam Bunch
Posted: March 15, 2010 – Toronto, Canada
Adorable. It's the first word that comes to mind when thinking of Hannah Georgas' first single, "The Beat Stuff". And for good reason: it's sweet and catchy and poppy and just a little bit twee.
But, as anyone who was there to see the Vancouver-based singer-songwriter's set at the Drake on Friday knows, it would be wrong to end your assesment there. While "The Beat Stuff" might her best—and most popular—song, it's not entirely representative. Watching her in person as she worked her way through a much-too-brief 20-minute set of tracks drawn from her debut EP and upcoming full-length, you could see the slight edge behind it all. Sure, at first glance, there's the adorable bow on her dress and the adorable twinkle in her eye, but the edge is undeniable. You first notice it in subtle signs, like in the way she holds herself, or an understated piercing or tattoo. And then it's driven home, clear as day in moments like the sing-along chorus to "Mama's Boy": "I guess it's easy/ To get over an asshole!". Before long it's clear: she owes much more to the women of '90s rock than to any 21st century pop princess.
"The Beat Stuff" might be adorable. Hannah Georgas is much more than that.
Video: "The Beat Stuff" by Hannah Georgas