New England 'Sultronica' Like a more D.I.Y. take on the electronic, art-rock groups Sneaker Pimps or Portishead, the New England band Hot Bitch Arsenal is working on a new genre it calls "Sultronica." The group features singer Christina Abbott's soothing alto and "alpha geek" Kim Galibret's deft computer skills.

New England 'Sultronica'

New England 'Sultronica'

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Hot Bitch Arsenal's CD release, Secrets in Tiny Pockets, in the flesh. hide caption

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Hot Bitch Arsenal consists of a self-described "wordsmith" and an "alpha geek," collaborating to create a genre they call "Sultronica."

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Hot Bitch Arsenal's Christina Abbott

Christina Abbott (the wordsmith) and Kim Galibert (the geek) came together in the fall of 2005. They are based out of New England and despite their aggressive band name, assure listeners their music is about "all that is chill."

Taking cues from electronica groups like Sneaker Pimps, Portishead and Massive Attack, Hot Bitch Arsenal rely heavily on Abbott's superb vocals. The HBA have lofty aspirations of creating a high-tech, interactive live show where the audience can fulfill "their quest for repeatable, scientific proof of the existence of telepathy."

HBA are using the Internet and word-of-mouth almost entirely to promote their album. They call the traditional model used by record companies to be "terrible for musicians, fans and the environment. Why use those precious drops of oil to make more plastic when the listeners are just going to rip the CD to the iPods anyway?"

The featured track from Secrets in Tiny Pockets is "You Bet I Will."