Though they clearly count the au courant Talking Heads as a major influence, the members of local indie pop upstarts Spiral Beach weren't even born when Naked (let alone Stop Making Sense) first came out. Still, they manage something trendier peers like Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and the Arcade Fire haven't quite mastered: they perfectly capture the edgy, nerve-jangling energy of classic Mudd Club new wave. This is exciting, engaging stuff, spilling over with (sometimes too many) ideas, song structures that ricochet unexpectedly and hooks that bounce between the Heads, Just A Girl-era No Doubt and a less-flamboyant B-52s. Hatched from musical households, the Spiral Beach kids have good harmonies, and singer Maddy Wilde knows when to add just enough vibrato to sexy things up. They're too enamoured of the cool sound effects on their keyboards, and some of their odder melodies evoke Ned Rorem vocal compositions when the rhythm section drops out, but I'm stoked to see what they do next.
Spiral Beach hit Wavelength at Sneaky Dee's Sunday (December 3).