ATOMS: Self-titled: 7”EP

Tinselly, tinkly new wave pop, heavy on fashion. I get the feeling that it’s a band that spends quite a bit of time “looking right” while playing; which is fine if the tunes back ‘em up. But their three songs, even when they speed up with “2029,” come across as light footed and not very catchy. I was hoping for something akin to Servotron, the Epoxies, or the Minds—some hints of itchy, scratchy, ill-natured new wave with more of a guitar and drums presence—but it’s more along the Motels’ second record. Bland new wave that looks great, literally, on paper. (Neat design work, though.)

 –todd (Sweet Tooth, www.myspace.com/atoms)