Listen to Lemuria’s new full-length, The Distance Is So Big, once, and you’ll be struck by its pop sensibilities. Listen to it twice and you’ll be gutted by lyrics like “Does he think about my life like I do his?” The whole package—produced by ex-Jawbox frontman J. Robbins—better knits together Lemuria’s predilection toward memorable hooks and singalong choruses than any of its other efforts. It also proudly displays the dual vocals of Alex Kerns and D.C. resident Sheena Ozzella over Max Gregor’s bass lines. Still, there’s a serious, sad undercurrent in songs like “Paint the Youth” and “Congratulations Sex,” about the things you might’ve done and the things you can do better. The Distance Is So Big is no lighthearted summer banger, but it’ll compel you to move, sing, and think—accomplishments, indeed, for an ostensibly pop album.
Lemuria performs with Chain and the Gang and Give at 9 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $12. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com.