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Charmed by Kamalas 

Moncton pop-punk will steal your heart and soul.

Playing the catchiest pop punk going in the Maritimes right now, Moncton's The Kamalas come to Halifax fresh from a Quebec and Ontario tour, to release their self-titled debut album---following their enormously catchy demo from 2008---on Saturday at Club 1668 with ECT, Cuban Assassins and Dunce Club ($6, 10pm).

Made up of Elle Shapiro (guitar), T-Ray (guitar), Jessup (bass) and Salty (drums), The Kamalas are a pop-punk and power-pop machine, channeling The Muffs, The Riverdales and Screeching Weasel. "Listening to awesome bands always inspires me to write stuff," says Shapiro. "I can always associate a song I've written with whatever band I was listening to constantly at the time. I call it 'recycling.'"

"I am usually just writing down how I am feeling and thoughts that just dribble out of my brain," say T-Ray. "I try to take that stream of raw feeling and consciousness and shape it into a song."

The Kamalas are one of the few bands that convey their charm and sense of humour onstage without seeming forced. Their MySpace bio claims they will "torpedo their way into your heart and steal your immortal soul." Only time will tell about the soul thing, but they got the heart part right, anyway. "Personally, I've never been able to work so harmoniously with another person, so I think that that it's that sort of natural cooperation and harmony and ease that shows through and might be why we seem to be doing pretty good for such a new band," says T-Ray. "Either way, we sure are enjoying ourselves!"

The Kamalas w/ECT, Cuban Assassins, Dunce Club

Saturday, August 29, 10pm, Club 1668, 1668 Lower Water Street, $6

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