A few weeks ago I had read about a band called the Essence who were active during the 80s and early 90s and all I read was "they sound like the Cure". I feel like most of the time the description "they sound like..." is extremely reductive, but in this case the band sounds EXACTLY like the Cure. "The Waving Girl": There are a couple of bands that veer way too close to one primary influence (required mention of Interpol, but does anyone remember how much She Wants Revenge also sounded like Ian Curtis with Hot Fuss-era The Killers as the background band?), but the Essence are fucking ridiculous in their xeroxing of a peer (who was still active at the same time, it wasn't like the Cure weren't available). I don't think anyone really cares about this band now, they don't even have an English language Wikipedia page, which says a lot. Are there any others acts you can think of that are way too influenced by one act? No juggalo related acts please.