The Besties

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The Besties
Origin Brooklyn
New York
United States
Genres Indie pop
Years active 2005–2009
Labels Skipping Stones Records
Hugpatch Records
Members Kelly Waldrop
Marisa Bergquist
Richard Francis Walsh IV
Frank Korn
Clayton Rychlik

The Besties were an American indie pop band from Brooklyn, New York. Their sound can best be described indie pop or "twee", although at shows they were known to introduce themselves as a punk band. TimeOut Chicago describes the band as sounding like "the Go-Go's on Epitaph Records", and Allmusic compares them to Cub and the All Girl Summer Fun Band.[1][2]


The Besties were formed when members Marisa Bergquist, Kelly Waldrop, and Rikky Walsh met while attending college in Tallahassee, Florida. Their first album, Singer, was released by Skipping Stones Records in 2006. Drum machines were used in the recording of this record because the band did not yet have a drummer. To fill this need, Frank E. Korn joined the band prior to the recording of their second album, Home Free, which was released in February 2009 on the Hugpatch label.


The Besties announced their breakup on October 12, 2009. They played their final show December 6 in Brooklyn, NY.

The band reunited for a one-off show during NYC Popfest on May 29, 2014.


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