Sunday, June 14, 2009

Pretty Vanilla release new music with an old-fashioned appeal

Artist: Pretty Vanilla
Title: 7 Inches Deep EP
Label: Paper Tiger Productions
Release date: June 13, 2009

This hot-off-the-presses release by Vancouver's Pretty Vanilla is a nicely done nod to everything from bubblegum pop to T. Rex.

The first track, "Lost In The Soda Shop," is about longing for the old days, as lead singer Nikki Nice proclaims, "I'm pushing 36, but I want my teenage kicks!" That line reminds you of The Undertones, doesn't it? Everything about this track is reminiscent of the pop side of early punk rock, from the lyrical content to the familiar-sounding riffs.

"Radio Glow" is a nostalgia for the teenager trapped inside all of us influenced by classic punk and powerpop standards.

The flipside begins with the strongest track, "Paper Tiger." This sleazy as all get-out tune about one-night stands is a T. Rex rip-off in the best way possible. It's nothing you have never heard before, but that's okay, as these guys clearly did not set out to reinvent the glam-inspired pop wheel.

The final song, "New Love," is bubblegum pop at its finest. It's like The Baby Shakes with dudes. While it sounds like bubblegum pop musically, lyrically this is about scorned swingers instead of teenage lovers.

If I had to compare them to one band, it would be Seattle's The Greatest Hits, who they by chance will tour with in the near and soon. This tour will involve a July 24 stop at The Star Bar.

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