Tsunami Bomb – The Invasion from Within EP

Tsunami Bomb
The Invasion from Within EP

The cover art evokes images of horror classics from the 40’s and 50’s. Their music evokes that style of punk-rock that flirts with ska. Tsunami Bomb manage to do something that’s a little different, however. They blend the eerie nature of the former with the catchy music of the latter. You don’t know whether to dance or shiver.

With a female singer and keyboards used throughout, comparisons are definitely going to be drawn between Tsunami Bomb and Save Ferris or the Dancehall Crashers. In fact, singer Agent M sounds just like Monique Powellof Save Ferris. Her vocals lend a light-hearted approach to these serious lyrics. And with those catchy melodies and pop-punk-ska rhythms, you can’t help but like this album.

The title track starts off with some haunting organ before the song really blasts off. Underneat some driving guitar and drums are those irresistible melodies and even some sing-along parts: “Enemy! Inside of me!” I’m guessing that song would be fun live. There’s more of a straight-up pop-punk feel to “No One’s Looking,” driven by some fantastic guitar work, while “No Good Very Bad Day” steps it up another notch. This one blazes away at double time, lead by that crazy punk drumwork and made even catchier with those cool keyboards underlying the whole thing. “Marionette” is probably the most punk-rock number here, with some shouting and backing vocals singing along. Again, the whole song is lead by some crazy drumming. But if that’s the punk song, “Lemonade” is the pop song, slower and bouncy and, frankly, purely pop. Well, then, I guess “…Not Forever” would be the band’s rock song. Starting off with a guitar line that would make Metallica pleased, this song rocks hard, with strong guitar and bass riffs and driving rhythms. To me, this is the best song on the album, and I’d love to see the band move more toward this direction, which has the feel of a sound that’s all their own.

This sound will always seem dated to me, fitting in really about 1997 or 98. That’s when ska was the biggest thing since sliced bread, and even those bands without horns were finding how much fun it was to play those irresistibly catchy song structures. You can’t help but dance, and with some great female vocals, Tsunami Bomb are fun stuff. That might belay the more serious nature the band is trying to convey, but I’d rather have fun with this style of music anyway.