Calva Louise – ‘I Heard a Cry’


Calva Louise release yet another banger with the new single ‘I Heard a Cry

I Heard a Cry’ is Calva Louise’s best single so far. The pop sensibilities that the band utilise are comparable to what Ramones, Blondie, Undertones and Buzzcocks did back in the late 70s. It’s just plain and simple, guitar fuzz fun. The opening riff is gritty and aggressive with no ostentation necessary. The vocal hooks are unbelievably catchy and Jess Allanic’s girlish tone makes ‘I Heard a Cry’ sound like Cyndi Lauper fronting a Sub Pop wall of fuzz. In the middle section, the melodious vocals are counteracted with scuzzy noise. You could consider Calva Louise to be today’s equivalent of The Jesus and Mary Chain.

What is magnificent about ‘I Heard a Cry’ is that it allows us to escape the horrible things going on in the world (war, politics, poisonings, inequality etc.) and the ‘in the club’ crap that dominates the charts with simple rock n’ roll and great hooks – it’s just fun.

Words by Matthew Brocklehurst