Minneapolis-based female rockers Sick of Sarah have been at it for the better part of a decade, always seeming poised to take — yet never quite taking — the next step up the career ladder. The ladies made a nice first impression on their 2008 self-titled debut and took things up a notch on 2011 sophomore slab “2205.” It’s been about 4.5 years since we last heard from the four-piece, but Sick of Sarah return at long last with new EP “Anthem.”
There have been the usual hiccups along the way for SoS — lineup changes, parting ways with their label, etc. — but the band that once earned comparisons to the likes of indie darlings The Breeders and Sleater-Kinney appear to have gotten things back on track. Frontwoman Abisha Uhl remains the straw that stirs the drink (the current lineup also includes Jessie Farmer, Katie Farmer and Jessica Forsythe) and her impressive vocals do the heavy lifting on the six-track slab.
The one-two opening punch of “Stereo” and “Bars Full of Strangers” serve as a nice re-introduction to Sick of Sarah, and the ladies also score with “Everything Is Beautiful” and “Contagious.” Here’s hoping that Uhl & Co. enjoy smooth sailing from here on out. (Jeffrey Sisk)