I always like to support local artists, and a catchy band description always helps suck me in. So when I got an email from Sapling stating "We're a Worcester/Boston artrock/bitchpop trio and we like spaghetti. We get up early and stay up late. We're a small band and we burn energy like little suns," how am I not going to at least listen? With their new single "Maria vs. Machine Maria," they sucked me in. "Maria vs. Machine Maria" is a bizarro mixture of artrock and pop. It's noisy, and weird, and somehow also catchy and dancing right on the outside of being an actual pop song? You think it might go in that direction, but then the noise is brought in ways you wouldn't expect. It's a song that plays with your expectations and what is normal, and then obliterates them just for fun.
You can listen to "Maria vs. Machine Maria" below. No Sequoia, the debut full length from Sapling, will be out February 22. You can pre-order it via Bandcamp. (Side note: The album was mixed by Jason Lowenstein of Sebadoh!) For more on Sapling, check them out on Facebook and Instagram. If you're in the Boston area, Sapling has two release shows coming up: February 22 at Dead Moon Audio in Somerville and February 23 at Starlite in Southbridge.