SPARKLE MOTION: Self-titled: 7”

Mar 14, 2007

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this one. The band name sounds like an off-brand, textured condom that you’d buy out of a dispenser in the restroom of a seedy bar, and the band photo on the cover shows a quartet dressed up like some late ‘70s rock band that sings songs about “working for the weekend” while wearing really stupid looking headbands. And I hate headbands—no offence to Mike Ness. So I was ready to unleash a heaping helping of hate on their sorry Loverboy asses. That is, until the needle hit vinyl. Whoa, son, Mike Reno this is not. This is energetic and catchy-as-hell pop punk with alluring female vocals and it sounds nothing like some pudgy fratboy in a jumpsuit. Thankfully the Richard Simmons getups are a farce. Apparently this 7” is a sampler of songs from the band’s upcoming full length CD. Sounds good to me. I look forward to hearing more.

 –aphid (Super Secret)