July 24, 2014

EP: Wild Babina - Sisters Before Misters

 Girl power-infused pop from across the pond.

The first song on Wild Balbina's seven-track album reminds me of the first time I ever heard a song by Teenage Fanclub. It was a Rookie playlist on 8tracks and the song was “The Concept”. A man's voice sang softly over a handful of well-chosen chords: “Says she don't do drugs / But she does the pill.” Cue a triple dose of swooning – I was hooked in an instant, warm fuzzies in my stomach for a boy who could be so clever. 

Sisters Before Misters worked in the exact same way. Opening with a sparse shot of chords, this mini-album quickly settles into its vibe of polished 60s pop meets 90s alt-rock. This time, however, the distorted chord progression didn't make me lust after a crush who would only break my heart: Wild Balbina had me dreaming about the people who I already knew loved me – my best friends. On this release, the four-piece from Vigo, Spain croon their cries of revolution girl style now with too-cool-not-to-care vocals and melodies done √† la Wavves. Top tracks include “R.G.S.N”, a pop anthem to cut your buds' bangs to that culminates in a shouting match of "Revolution Girls Now", and “Brainwash”, a closer that gets garage-y Gruesomes style. Despite its soft exterior and brevity, however, “Looking Through You” cuts the deepest, reminding you of the best feelings a close friendship can bring: “Time takes us away / The crashing in / Falling in your hands.” The ultimate soundtrack for a summer night of lip-gloss oriented mischief and bliss, Sisters Before Misters is sweeter than cotton candy, while just as dreamy too. 


Listen to Wild Babina on bandcamp.

Alanna Yaraskavitch, a 2nd year journalism student at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. When not photocopying the latest issue of her perzine, Alanna also writes about music for Weird Canada and Razorcake. Give her a holler on Tumblr or Twitter.