The Sapiens - Rind EP
Record Label: Unsigned
Release Date: July 25, 2008
The only trick The Sapiens have up their sleeves is making music that people enjoy listening to in their CD player. Hearing lead singer, Evan Sears’ vocals coming through the loud speakers is like a wake up call that life has so much more to offer than the mundane. He is the Simon Le Bon of pop punk, while keyboardist Matt Witt produces a dance-rock fusion functioning as the sheet of ice for Sears’ vocals to skate across on the band’s latest single, “Rind.” The spearing power rock chords of guitarist Charles Nadler act as the pogo stick for Sears to build speed, and the rhythmic beats of bassist David Veller and drummer Dave Fine hold everything all together making notches that tuck in any loose ends.
Produced by Brian Zieske (The Hush Sound, The Academy Is…), the CD single, Rind is only 3-tracks deep, though it gives audiences a good look at The Sapiens synth-rock dales. Their songs border on club music terrain and pop punk bays, coalescing the energy of The Warped Tour with electro-pop music synonymous with clubs in the UK, and making music that has the dance-pop tiles of Gwen Stefani with rings of pop punk shakers. The Sapiens songs, “Good to Lose” and “Flutterin’ Eyelids,” show a tinge of glam-rock feathering relatable to Louis XIV, some nu wave cuts comparable to The Faint, and a pop punk vibe with the enameling of Fall Out Boy.
Their CD single, Rind is short and to the point. You absolutely have a sense that The Sapiens are a modern day Duran Duran. They have the dance grooves and pop punk modems that put a spring in your step throughout the day. The music is clubby and slightly synth-poppy, but harness more substance and intensity than the usual run-of-the-mill dance-pop loops that you find in Stefani‘s music. The CD single, Rind follows the band’s 2007 EP, Vs. The Hornet, and shows that the band is continually surprising audiences as they just get better and better at making songs from chunks of synth-rock spreads and pop punk shakers.