The Inoculated Canaries make it look easy. Swift hooks, popping guitar, horns to give a sense of grandness. These pieces on their own make sense and feel like natural choices, but when you put them all together, the result is downright moving.
As in, the song will get you moving. With that much energy at play, how could you not want to dance-along or sing-along to the chorus of “Donna” — a love song with a bite. “Well all my friends say you’re no good for me, but I know them, they don’t know shit,” Michael Rubin kicks off. Who hasn’t been there? Or at least, who hasn’t been one of those friends.
The video matches the energy of the song with a fun and stylistic narrative that shows the band, one-by-one, falling into the flirtations of a co-worker. But synth-player Brian Sweeney isn’t biting. In the classic way of life, this snub is what draws her to him. It’s a clip that looks as fun to film as it was to watch, and all interspersed with shots of the band giving a big performance. This is definitely a song to see live.