It’s not easy to write a perfect power pop song, or even great one. It has to be spare and simple as you can make it. Everyone should be able to sing along by the end, but you’d also better keep it short. And there has to be the right hook in just the right place — so it can’t be too stupid either. Italy’s Miss Chain And The Broken Heels write damn near perfect power pop songs.
They have the power and velocity to make you believe in love at first sight and the promise of summer, in spite of your better judgment and all the summers that turned out to be a bust. The effects only last about two or three minutes — that’s where most of their songs clock in — but it’s really better that way. You can always just press play again to believe for a few more minutes — or watch their latest video for “Flamingo,” because it amounts to the same thing.
Frontwoman Astrid Dante is a true believer if there ever was one. She has an emotive knack in her voice that will get to you every time and she has equally reliable back up in The Broken Heels: guitarist Disaster Silva and the brothers Franz and Brown Barcella on bass and drums respectively.
Together they craft tunes that evoke the Beach Boys, Paul Collins’s Beat, and a certain elusive nostalgia — without resorting to sonic haze or hiding behind a mess of reverb. Instead the quartet goes in for old-fashioned pop storytelling on songs like “Lie” and bravely presents it in all its naked perfection.
After releasing three mostly sold out seven-inches, Miss Chain and the Broken Heels are just about to put out their debut LP On a Bittersweet Ride. I’ll go on that ride and I’m calling shotgun.