Ingenue | Super Swell

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Super Swell

by Ingenue

Nirvana, Veruca Salt, and Hole at a party.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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1. You Were Mine
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2. Roxy
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3. Coffee Shop
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4. Anemone
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5. Super Swell
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6. Valley
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So, I was minding my own business, doing chores, with my internet radio playing in the background. I heard the song "Coffee Shop" come on and I ran to the computer and cranked the volume. Love this band! Lauren Doran's vocals and guitar playing are outstanding. Every song here is killer.


The real deal.
Out of all the bands that boast similarities with 90s' alt-rock archetypes like Nirvana, Hole or Juliana Hatfield (not forgetting my personal heroes of hot hooks and harmonies, Veruca Salt) Ingenue are definitely most on the mark.

'Super Swell' isn't riding the wave of retro-trends that have see Kurt Cobain's face splashed across countless Topshop t-shirts, it's a genuine artefact of the decade that's just arrived a little later than others; made by musicians who actually lived and breathed their love for their influences [in the front row] of concerts and study halls, as the Seattle grunge explosion seethed across America.

The result is a muscular and melodic sound that fits perfectly among their peers, as if Ingenue have always loudly existed. Lauren Doran's vocals carry the perfect dose of sweet and swoon-worthy. Rather than overly sugary or girlish, her voice fires slowly/elliptically on songs like 'Roxy' and 'Valley'; like a jawbreaker balancing on the rubber band of a sling shot. Think sexy like Susan Hyatt circa. 'Pillbox' and full of Brett 'Donna A' Anderson attitude.

My favourite (4th track titled 'Anemone' ) is a sun-doused slice of [possibly fleeting] Pacific Coast romance, complete with a ridiculously fun and infectious chorus, rocking' guitar solo and 60's girl group finger-clicking…"We'll surf the stars, my beautiful sea anemone. We'll right our wrongs to be free…" Lauren sings blissfully. Well, if there's anything wrong about being a sea anemone, it's that their mouth is also their anus (fact.) …Rather her than me. Nonetheless, you'll be singing your love for this sea-celebrating ditty for months on end.

The EP is full to the brim with those VS-styled punchy hooks and pop harmonies, that leave you with the feeling of a summer high-school crush on the world. It's an important factor when so much is about style over substance everywhere these days. This is a band making real music because, for want of a better phrase, it's in their bones. Whatever ideals and emotions the likes of Love, Deal and Moore instilled in them while the band were growing up, it's now their turn to shine and put everything they learnt first-hand to good use.

So far in this case, the title kind of speaks for itself…