Magneta Lane - Mare of the Night - For the last time, no, I do not intend to move to Canada. Instead I will merely, as an Imperialistic American, steal all of our northern brothers and sisters wonderful music and demand that they come to New York City to play for me. Magneta Lane did just that, along with the rest of the Paper Bag Records roster (most notably Controller.Controller), for a showcase during the CMJ festival a few months back, in the basement of CBGBs. Magneta Lane were the first act that night, and I was instantly hooked. Quickstep rhythyms from the likes of Erase Errata meet up with hooks that the Kinks would've been happy to figure out and a dash of Sonic Youth riffing to create some solidly poptastic garage rock. "Mare of the Night" bounces and kicks like the titular steed, as lead singer Lexi Valentine moans and howls and commands her band and her audience through the motions.
Magneta Lane - Their Party Days - it isn't all raw angular riffs though. These girls can throw down some pogo inducing power pop like the best of 'em. This song positively bounces with an infectious little melody and a fuck you chorus and a completely undeniable beat - why doesn't this stuff get radio play again?
Magneta Lane - Cheap Linguistics - This is a track from an upcoming 7" that the girls have coming out in February - they're moving in a more garage direction, pushing French's bass to the front of the mix - a wise descision that makes Lexis deep vocals sound all the richer, and when the song bursts out into a crescendo of melody on it's chorus, it's really all the more striking from the chorus. Expect big things, both from Magneta Lane, and from Paper Bag, a fantastic up and coming label in Toronto. Did I mention these girls are pretty much fresh out of high school?
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