Raucous Punk Wrapped in Catchy Hooks
Deanna Belos is the Christian name of Sincere Engineer’s frontwoman and really the artist herself. Since the mid-2010s Sincere Engineer has been her vehicle for an emo-drenched, strained voice punk style.
But despite on the surface appearing to appeal only to fans of the emo or punk genre, Sincere Engineer possess a deceptively broad accessibility via an overlay of ear-catching guitar hooks and rhythm section fills, plus a blend of evocative, fun, and relatable lyrics.
It doesn’t take a long jaunt through their discography to get this idea. 2017’s debut full length Rhombithian (what that means, I have no clue) is an appropriate introduction to some of Belos’s best songwriting. Lead track “Corn Dog Sonnet No. 7” leaves no imagination to the emo-ness that this album has in store. Standout “Overbite” is an excellent example of a hook filled chorus, great drumming, and Belos’s narrative storytelling style.
In 2021 Sincere Engineer released their second full length, entitled Bless My Psyche which included previous singles and honestly straight-up bangers “Trust Me,” “Tourniquet,” and “Coming in Last” the latter of which is my personal favorite from this album. There’s a perfect bridge in this song and a ton of great energy in this song.
The band is on tour this summer and will be at Riot Fest in Chicago the weekend of September 16.
“Overbite” From Rhombithian
“Coming in Last” From Bless My Psyche
“Out of Reach” From Bless My Psyche
“Trust Me” From Bless My Psyche
“I’ve got my fingers crossed, and I’ve got my lucky charms, and I’m counting exit signs like they’re my lucky stars” From “Coming in Last”