The Andalusians' sound is more akin to the Pixies, Throwing Muses and the freewheeling alternative rock of late-night MTV circa 1989 than any of the band's Dischord peers. There is sharp and womanly punk fire implied between the lines of "Do the Work" and "Religion" – and the gut-wrenching hooks in "Do the Work" go straight to the pleasure centers of the brain. By comparison, "Circus" is the weak link that hampers the precise and logical flow of the three-song single. Otherwise, the band wields a sense of chemistry that's casual, and vocalist/guitarist Basla Andolsun pushes the art of pop songwriting to a place that is distinctively her own, and delivered with subtlety and poise. 4 stars.
The Andalusians play WonderRoot on Thurs., Feb. 12, 8 p.m. $5.