Varsity, Mister Suit, Awkward Terrible | Cole's | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Varsity, Mister Suit, Awkward Terrible Recommended Free Soundboard Image

When: Fri., May 30, 10 p.m. 2014

The new five-song EP from locals Varsity, Thanks for Nothing (Jurassic Pop), is a sweet dose of garage pop, and “New Wave,” its second track, is a damn near perfect single. It opens with a warm, rhythmic keyboard and paints one melody atop another, adding a simple, fuzzy guitar lead beneath the vocals of front woman Stephanie Smith: “You like new wave all the time / I don’t mind, I don’t mind.” The tune is an object lesson in piecing together a puzzle of melodies, and some of the credit has to go to Smith, whose more than capable singing is less than perfectly polished and never gets too precious or goopy. The rest of the EP isn’t as cuddly, instead leaning a little heavier on jams and psych-driven pop—but I keep returning to “New Wave.” —Kevin Warwick

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