Is Toronto supposed to be the new Detroit or the new Williamsburg? I can't keep up any more. Either way, locals Femme Generation have submitted their bid for defining a new underground Trawna sound, and it's killer. Circle Gets The Square is literally packed with goodness, combining raw guitars with keyboard riffs that add an Atari-style loopy electro edge and should please those with a penchant for leg-warmers and asymmetrical haircuts. FemBot Dave MacKinnon assists in balancing elements of a My Bloody Valentine shoegaze aesthetic with a gritty garage edge. While there's a generous offering of crunchy amped-up tunes that'll get you sweaty, I dig slightly sweeter moments like the gently loping Honestly, Trudy, which is heartfelt but not maudlin and sounds a bit like Interpol with a pulse. Rarely is a six-song EP so fucking satisfying.
Femme Generation play as part of the UmbrellaLive night at the Rivoli Wednesday (August 18).