PRE MADONNA: Self-titled: CD

The name of the band made me laugh because when I was little, I used to think that when people said “prima donna,” they were saying “pre-Madonna.” Anyway, I am into the sound that this band is working with. You can hear the guitars ringing over a sharp snare beat, and the vocals are way distorted and far-away sounding. They have a very anthemic, post-punk thing going. The vocals need some work, though. Some of the time, the vocalist is just talking deadpan into the loudspeaker. Needs a little more energy, for sure. It’s hard getting unique-sounding vocals through that much distortion, but it can be done and this band would really benefit from it.

 –Lauren Trout (Self-released, [email protected])