Friday, August 31, 2012

Colleen Green brings her wistfully blitzed pop to 529

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 11:47 AM

The longer I look at all of the artwork for Colleen Green’s Bandcamp singles, while letting the rough edges of her songs sink in, I find myself wondering: Is there simply a clear and present Wavves/Best Coast influence playing out here (although she's a slightly more sympathetic character), or is this just what budding post-garage punk musicians sound like when they get high and start recording nowadays? These things work in archetypes, you know ...

Anyway, it’s hard to see the forest for the trees, but in the post-No Bunny/Vivian Girls world, noise pop seems to be continually migrating toward this wistfully Spicoli-esque aesthetic, which doesn't leave much wiggle room for surprise or rumination. But to get hung up on such an angle kind of misses the point as these songs are all about the moment.

Whatever the case may be, Green sings yearning and primitive pop tunes that evoke feelings of elation and melancholy, wrapped in simple melodic hooks that don’t make the brain work too hard — like a stepchild to the Ramones and the Ronettes, imbued with a dose of stoner irony, there's depth here if you're looking for it. For more on this check out her Milo Goes to Compton 12-inch, or the Green One EP (which you will find to the right).

With Plateaus, and locals AntBrain. $7. 9 p.m. 529, 529 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-228-6769.

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