Sheena Ozzella gets straight to the point on Lemuria’s mellow new single: “I hate you as much as I love you.” The blunt, poignant refrain bites and bends into the “oh-oh-oh-ohs” that follow. Produced by Mark Ryan of the Marked Men, “Foggy Smoke” drives through bellowing, recalcitrant riffs encircling Ozzella’s coolly crisp vocals. Swift, elastic power chords sail in as if to call attention to the Buffalo, New York indie-pop rockers’ strange yet adept take on pop-punk. Their musicianship is careful, moving at a steady, head-bob-friendly pace that’s familiar but anything but tired.
Turnstile Comix #3: Lemuria is out December 9 on Silver Sprocket.