Esmirelda and the Tidbits

Sun Reporter

Hometown: Columbia

Current members: Esmirelda Grecco, lead vocals and rhythm guitar and vibraslap; Francene Machetto, bass and backing vocals; Jimmy Driggers, lead guitar and backing vocals; John Grecco, drums

Founded in: 200

Style: hard rock with a punk edge

Influenced by: the Beatles, the Who, the Ramones, U2, the Clash, Frank Zappa

Notable: The band's songs couple heavy hooks with slightly devious lyrics. Esmirelda, the primary songwriter, said the words for "Dirty Fingernail" popped into her head one day and just clicked.

Quotable: "It just basically means even if you have a little flaw like dirt under your nails or your hair isn't perfect, who cares?" Esmirelda said. "I like it like that. It's fine. Don't sweat it."

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[Sam Sessa]

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