The jury is still out on whether or not the so-called “emo revival” is truly the revival that it claims to be. But for Canadian rockers JPNSGRLS (“Japanese Girls”), emo is a key but not irreducible component of their sound. Energetic frontman Charlie Kerr’s vocals are cut from the same cloth that spawned countless a pop-punk band, but his fellow musicians bring a garage-rock intensity to counterbalance the cutesiness of his delivery and some of his lyrics. On “Smalls”, a track from their forthcoming Circulation LP, Kerr sings about “kitty kats” and references the kid-favorite The Sandlot over a fast, rockabilly-esque delivery. (He does, however, get some great one-liners, including the choice “There’s more to life than getting used to death”). The rest of the band, meanwhile, is ripping into some stellar riffs, all the while guiding the tune in directions a run-of-the-mill rock outfit probably wouldn’t.