Local emo four-piece Sewingneedle
are pretty obviously disciples of singer-songwriter David Bazan
and his various bands—you can tell with just one listen through their brand-new debut EP, Entry Level Position
(Aerial Ballet). Opener “Make No Bones” partakes of the sparse, taut stop-start postpunk of latter-day Pedro the Lion, “Possession
” is spiked with the eerie, piercing synth tones of Headphones, and front man Calvin Fredrickson sounds like he’s borrowing Bazan’s vocal cords throughout, singing in a mellow, plaintive croon that can evoke misery, regret, longing, and guilt-ridden ecstasy. About the only thing missing are explicitly religious themes in the lyrics. Fortunately Sewingneedle are more than just Bazan mimics—the sprightly pace of “The Whole Thing” and the rage bubbling beneath the surface of “Long Walk Down My Street” help them color his familiar and beloved style with their own voice. —Leor Galil Pisces at the Animal Fair and Sorry, Charlie open.