Power pop band Audio Fiction is starting to make a name for themselves in their home town of New York City.
Their new self-titled CD combines the punk and new wave sensibilities of Blondie, with a bit of Pretenders’ punk edged snarl with a bit of Gwen Stefani style power pop.
There are lots of retro 80s guitar riffs and some screeching solos, especially on the second track Kite High, a highlight on which an F bomb has never been sung so pretty. The dark riff which powers it and the solo sounds like a New York version of a Raveonettes song.
The No Doubt influence come to the fore on “I’m Alive,” which also has a tasteful guitar solo breaking up the balladry.
I absolutely love lead singer Kristin’s voice, especially on ‘Days Like These.’ It is immediately powerful and appealing.
‘Ever Wonder’ is slower and a little more psychedelic like Pink Floyd fronted by a pretty blond girl.
And ‘Way Out’ is justifiably the lead radio single as it is a catchy piece of pop rock with some cool harmonies and a catchy riff, which is reminiscent of the band Garbage.
But ‘Johnny Go’ is my favourite with a driving ’70s punk riff which powers this No Doubt style up tempo rocker. It ends with another No Doubt rocker ‘Suffocate,’ another upbeat punk tinged rocker and a wah wah drenched guitar solo.
Hear them at www.cdbaby.com
Band: Audio Fiction
genre; pop/ rock
Record label: indie