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C.D. On Songs: Hello Ninja – "I Think Of Me Too"

June 16, 2010

You know what form of entertainment knows no country? The rock music, of course. And you can be sure there’s not going to be any fake-fan, bandwagon riding at McGann’s Pub on Thursday night. Just the serious (as in seriously awesome) rock as exhibited by C.D. On Songs superstars. Seriously, I am personally sponsoring this show, as long as no one expects me to like, give them any cash or anything. First you’ve got my friends and yours, the super excitable The Battleships Cometh (featured back on St. Patrick’s Day), our friends-to-be Beat Surrender (showing up on the next episode of C.D. On Songs), 51 Shortfalls (who need to join the club – someone tell them to send me something or else), and Hello Ninja, who we last saw on April 26. There is no rule against multiple submissions, especially when you are as excellent as Hello Ninja.

Hello Ninja – “I Think Of Me Too”
[download it!]

While their name sounds like a Saturday morning kids’ anime (“Hello, Ninja!”), the group maintains a somewhat mature sound, all the while keeping about them a youthful-sounding exuberance. What the heck does this mean? It means that Hello Ninja is able to maintain their musical poise while still demonstrating a young, fresh energy.

We’re going to blame vocalist Cat Basile. Last time we heard her, she sounded a little… worked up. Basile still has that vocal steam in her step, but her vocal presence in “I Think Of Me Too” sounds refined. The notes and the syllables still come out high and sweet, but they seem to be coming from a loftier, more mature (pronounced “matt-toor”, not “match-oor”) place.

There are a few forces at work in “I Think Of Me Too.” This track has spunk but it also has a style that seems informed by new-wave bands of old. That’s not to say that some combination of shiny jacket and skinny tie could ever hold Hello Ninja back; heck, we’d like to see them try. Of the two Hello Ninja songs that we have featured, you will find one intriguing and the other irresistible. Which is which?

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To be reviewed in a C.D. On Songs column:

*Be a Boston-based band/artist.

*Email a single mp3/m4a/etc. (or a download link to one) to cdonsongs (at) gmail (dot) com, with the subject line “C.D. on Songs” (DO NOT send us a bunch of songs and make us pick, we will ignore you). We require a file – not a streaming link.

*Include album cover art if you have any. If you don’t, a band photo or logo is acceptable.

*Tell us when you want to see it! Give us the date of your show and we’ll make sure it runs as close as possible to that day. No kidding.

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