Named after an enigmatic colour developed by a French post-modernist, and sounding like the Strokes if they’d listened to more AM radio, Yves Klein Blue aren’t likely to be as lasting as either. The sentiments on their debut EP are pretty typical teen obsessions — I love you: you’re changing; fuck it, let’s party — with little in the way of new insights, but the band does have a decent enough ear for poppy hooks and wordplay. Second track “Not What I Want” shuffles along with driving guitars and singer Michael Tomlinson’s practiced-diction delivery, while “Polka” — which has already soundtracked a fun little commercial in their native Australia — is an undeniably catchy bit of worldly pop punk, though somewhat conspicuous for it. If the band can follow through with more of that spirit, though, they’ve got a good chance of sticking around.
Yves Klein Blue