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New Music Crush: Pens

I startin’ crushin’ on these gals (check out their Myspace URL!) a few weeks back when I discovered them on Lala because the album art for their debut, Hey Friend, What You Doing?, caught my eye.


Luckily, the music itself turned out to be fantastic as well. It’s the same distortion washed, lofi garage-punk sound we’ve all been lovin’ lately, courtesy of bands like Wavves and Vivian Girls, except this time it comes from the UK. But you wouldn’t know that from listening to them. In fact, I didn’t until Mayor pointed this Amazon review of the album out to me:

Where have all the good new British bands gone? Hello? Is there anyone out there? The answer is a pretty resounding nope. Stop and think of a genuinely good new band you have heard in a year that is already way past half-done and I bet you ten Chomps you’ll struggle. Then we saw Pens and it changed everything.

Aside from being annoying, it’s interesting because, according to this dude, the one good British band out now sounds a lot like most of the good American bands out now. But they definitely add their own zest to the mix and they’re pretty cute to boot. In fact, I’m gonna dub their particular sound as Nu RRRiot (see if you can identify all the levels of that one).

Listen to the entire album on Lala.


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