Small Reactions play situational pop songs. Relying on the minimal instrumentation of guitar, bass, vintage organs, and drums, the outfit is equal parts post-punk, new wave, and surf.
The band themselves prefer the term “nerve pop” to describe their music. The phrase comprises the frenetic energy of the late ‘70s new wavers and Bob Dylan’s shaky foot circa 1965. Sonically, they resemble “Chairs Missing”-period Wire and early Stereolab; lyrically, they reside somewhere in the “new domestic” school.
Following 2017’s RXN_002, their forthcoming album on SofaBurn Records, New Age Soul, takes Small Reactions into uncharted waters. While the band’s initial M.O. was to subvert indie pop through a state of blissful repetition, they now paint with a more vibrant palette—an adventurous approach full of tightly-strung melodies and a steadfast foundation that’s led to support with Portugal. The Man, Mac DeMarco, DIIV, and Titus Andronicus.