Nothing pulls on my heart strings more than a girl-fronted rock band. Veteran fem-rockers Nina Gordon and Louise Post sound like The Blackhearts and Icona Pop had a lovechild, and "Laughing In The Sugarbowl" is what that baby sounds like. Yes, there is something childish about their music, and that's intentional, as their band was named after the unforgettably spoiled Veruca Salt from Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. Lets talk about that, because you don't name a band Veruca Salt for nothing. So much of the bands lyrics and musicality is about roleplay, and specifically ideas of age, gender, and cultural norms. Said simply, Veruca Salt, in the best way possible, is a big f*** you to society. They are who they are, with zero apologies made, and that is what makes them so effortlessly rock and roll.
It's fitting then that in the "Laughing In The Sugarbowl" music video, Nina and Louise are wearing white t-shirts that say "Liar" and "Poet," because according to society's standards, the line between the two is a little gray. It's apropo as well, that they are lighting their surroundings on fire and that this is all being rewinded so that the video finishes leaving the viewer with a ghost-like shiver as the paper flies back into the hands of Veruca Salt and that first spark- you just don't know who you're messing with.