Tuesday, September 18, 2012
The Sensibles bring the pop!
Alright! Let's meet my favorite new band of 2012! Ok, they're not exactly "new". They've actually been around since 2009. But they're new to me. And their debut 7-inch is still hot off the presses. I suppose that's close enough! Hailing from Milan, Italy, The Sensibles sound exactly like the kind of band you'd expect me to be crazy about. You know how I am about bubblegum punk and girl-fronted power pop. And this band offers an infectious and winning take on these styles. I'm talking top shelf. Imagine if the Beatnik Termites had a female singer, and they were Italian. Needless to say, I was won over within 15 seconds of the first song!
Buoyed by bright, propulsive guitars and Stella's bubby vocals, The Sensibles have got a fun, high energy sound that transports me straight to my happy place. The self-titled EP offers up four songs that are short and sweet (literally!), with melodies that will thankfully be stuck in my head all day. I'm having a hard time picking a standout track, because all four are exuberant blasts of aural sunshine. And those hooks are relentless. When it comes to this kind of music, it just seems like Europeans (especially Italians) really "get" it. Pop music is in their blood. Naturally I've been busy digging into the rest of this band's recorded output (a demo from last year plus four tracks off a four-way split disc). But nonetheless I'm still dying to hear more. Where has this band been all my life? Muffs and Unlovables fans, take note!