Zebrassieres 

The Ottowa punk band's most recent album, I Am A Human, is full of poppy, energetic punk backed by synthesizers. It takes less time to listen to than it does to drink my coffee, but it provides more than enough of a caffeine jolt. Songs like "Economy Lobotomy" give Zebrassieres' music a dash of B-horror and sci-fi vibe. It calls to mind my favorite synth-backed punk band, The Spits, though Zebrassieres doesn't push the robot schtick nearly as much. The band's vocals are bouncy, often call-and-response between lead singer Andrew Payne and keyboardist/singer Iva Borojevic.

Accordoing to the Bandcamp, Zebrassieres' live line-up is different than the record's, since Ketamines members from Toronto play in the band on tour. It's a bit of a shame if Iva's not at the show, because brassy female vocals add some sweetness to an otherwise male-dominated sound.

I'd guess that Zebrassieres, regardless of membership, isn't too cool to goof around and have fun. That's just the way I like it.

Zebrassieres play the VFW Thu., June 13, at 9 PM with The Ketamines and J. Sherri. $5.

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