Duel at Dawn
received 05.05

kanine records

Controlled Chaos

Vivian Sarrat and Edmond Hallas met in a philosophy class, and reputedly, “went to Taco Bell, talked for three hours on the steps about music, then made out in Vivian's dorm while their bean burritos got cold”. That was 8 years ago, back when Vivian thought Edmund might be an ex-convict. The two worked on a few different projects together prior to June, 2002, when they formed Mommy and Daddy. Their story is just beginning.

Their latest release Duel at Dawn is a wild ride of 11 urgent, energetic, and deeply relentless tracks. The unremitting drum beats and coarse fuzzed out bass lines are perfect with the hot, tension fueled vocals of the husband/wife power couple. Their on stage method is consistent: when Vivian sings and programs, Edmond plays the bass. When Edmond sings and works the machines, Vivian takes the bass. About their live performance, Drowned in Sound says that no matter what they're doing, they’re "like baby tigers on Ritalin".

Edmond came of age in the NY hardcore and punk scenes and Vivian's roots are in a war-torn Vietnam. Their relationship is inextricable from their music: Honest, vital, and insistent. They cite a vast list of influences including Liliput, Black Sabbath, Dolly Parton, PJ Harvey, Minor Threat, Einsturzende Neubauten, Everly Brothers, Queen Latifah, Melt Banana, The B-52s, Prince, Tegan and Sara, Adam Ant, X-Ray Spex, ESG, and “Henry Rollins in heels”.

Today, they live in NYC with a cat, critical acclaim and an exciting new project: They are writing a country record and working with the likes of Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Kitty Wells, Connie Smith, Willie Nelson, and Jerry Lee Lewis. Wow! They are hoping to put out the record next spring.

By Mary Ann Naylor + Church of Girl
Published 22. October. 2006