Thursday, November 29, 2012

Spotlight: Claire's Diary

I was a huge fan of Sophie and Izzy's last band, Care Bears on Fire. I thought they were at the head of the class as far as young pop punks go. Adding synths to the mix and developing their style into more of a dance-rock sound (a la Franz or The Sounds,) doesn't dull their edge at all. The momentum is kept high: if it's not "punk" it's still action packed, and they've retained full knowledge of how to hook a tune, not to mention a sense of purpose to their lyrics ("Build Me A Hero" is particularly good.) They're strong enough songwriters to pursue their ideas but never forsake a good rock-out sesh. It's real growth, I dig it. And Sophie sounds a bit like Debbie Harry now, dontcha think?

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