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  • The Sounds refuses to give up its treasure without a fight.

If Jesper Anderberg reacts with a bit of befuddlement when his band, The Sounds, is compared to Missing Persons or other female-fronted, keyboard-laced New-Wave groups, it's with good reason.

"The funny thing about [Missing Persons] is ... we'd never heard about that band," the keyboardist says. "All of a sudden, people were starting to write about us and they always mentioned that band Missing Persons and we had never heard of them before. We actually went out to buy their record."

On The Sounds' second CD, Dying to Say This to You, the group continues to crank out a frisky, sugar-high brand of power pop, built around the sassy and assertive vocals of frontwoman Maja Ivarsson.

The members of The Sounds began developing the group's style in 1998, when drummer Fredrik Nilsson and bassist Johan Bengtsson joined forces with schoolmates Ivarsson and Felix Rodriguez to form the band.

Anderberg met The Sounds at a music festival and was the last member to join.

"I was actually in a Goth band when Felix asked me if I wanted to join," Anderberg says. "They were a little bit older than me. They were, like, 25 and I was only, like, 17."

But, Anderberg says, it didn't take long for the music to become their common ground. Today, his keyboards have become a big part of The Sounds' stylistic pop signature.

"I knew they were fun people to hang out with," he says. "I had hung out [with them] for a half year before that. So it felt kind of natural."

The Sounds

Gothic Theatre, 3263 South Broadway, Englewood

Tuesday, Nov. 28, 8 p.m.

Tickets: $15, 16-and-over; visit ticketweb.com

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