For the sake of honesty, I will admit up front that I’m friends with the singer/keyboardist in this band. That being said, I wasn’t sure how much I was going to like this when Karen sent me their CD. I mean, an all-girl band with two keyboardists and a drummer and a person who only does video and performance? Besides, it seems that often my friends, as much as I love them, don’t always have the most interesting artistic projects. I guess not everyone’s friends can be fronting the next Bad Brains. After a few listens, however, UV Protection really grew on me as a band. The music is so simple and straightforward that all the focus is on the vocals and lyrics and they come across very simply but quite memorable. How often do you think you’ll ever find yourself singing along to a line like, “Animals come and eat all the babies / Animals come and eat all the mommies”? And yet that shit gets stuck in your head. Upon repeated listens I was reminded more of acts like Devo and Ladytron or a twisted old school Nintendo game soundtrack with a lot of fun and occasional female operatic vocals. Additionally, there is a DVD that comes with the CD in which the band allowed various visual editors to put together their own interpretations of the band. Some of these are totally random, but there is the occasional live performance, which is where a band like UV Protection seem to truly shine, as they design elaborate costumes and, as previously mentioned, have a member whose sole purpose is to just perform. I respect this band a lot for knowing the importance of the performance aspect of music, which so many artists seem to have never learned, as well as offering the opportunity to other artists to get their work out there through the DVD process. These short, catchy songs are really a pleasure and as happens occasionally in this line of work, I’m glad I gave something another chance.