DOWNLOAD: Anthems MA, "Bullet" (mp3)
For the most part, it’s less important what a band say they do than what they do. So when local foursome Anthems MA (formerly Anthems for Odyssey) claim to “stretch at the seams of their creative paradigm” to attain “the shimmer and pop of a high-class whore’s lip gloss” — grab that grain of salt, then listen to the newgazy bounty that is “Bullet,” which, along with a handful of other songs available on their MySpace page, is a good indicator of the type of gauzy gusto the group bring to their upcoming full-length debut, Time Starts Now. “Bullet” starts out like an early-Cure homage, but when Summer Kelly’s voice cleaves an expanse of washy guitars and synth strings, it’s vastly different territory: somewhere between the Cocteaus and the Cranberries, but louder than the former and nowhere near as douchy as the latter. Grab the mpfree above, then catch them May 28 when they play T.T. the Bear’s with Tiny Whales and the Informati.