The Klaxons – Myths of the Near Future
Hi, I’m Good Jeff, and for the most part I can manage to find good in every recording, no matter how terrible it may be. Myths for the Near Future, though, is not terrible at all. The Klaxons do some very interesting things on this album, with some elements of Moog, big beat and erratic vocals. It’s kind of like if Supergrass and The White Stripes had a kid and Stereolab delivered it. “Atlantis to Interzone” successfully uses a siren in the background throughout the track, while “Isle of Her” is goth-punk along the lines of Public Image Ltd. I would recommend this for prog rockers, shoegazers and everyone in-between.
Hi, I’m Evil Jeff, and I’m the most bitter, pretentious asshole you’ll ever meet. I think anything released after the dissolution of New Wave is absolute shit, and I’m not afraid to say it. In fact, I don’t even know why I still write about music, since I hate it all so much. Who do these mop-tops think they are… Supertramp? Because they’re not. Some of the tracks were catchy, and had me moving around a bit, though I’m sure if somebody poured a jar of scorpions down my pants, that would get me moving around, too. Some of the experimental stuff comes off of pretentious, and believe me, I know pretentious.
Information Society – Oscillator EP
HAKATAK International (3/19/07; available on iTunes)
This is Information Society’s first release of new material since 1997’s Don’t Be Afraid, and while they’ve stayed true to their synth-pop and freestyle roots, this material has hints of rave, with an even more obvious darksynth presence. “Back in the Day” is like Beborn Beton if they were happier, while “I Like the Way You Werk It” is what freestyle would be like if it hadn’t died out in the ’90s, and instead was kept afloat by Kurtis Mantronik. If Information Society can single-handedly resurrect freestyle, I, along with a great deal of my Mexican brethren, would consider placing them up there with Morrissey, The Cure and Lupillo Rivera on the Dios de la MÃºsica scale.
What Good Jeff did not mention was that this is a sample EP of material that will eventually appear on the full-length, Synthesizer album. I thought Information Society was great in the late ’80s, and I even kind of liked Think Tank. The fact that this release features four different versions of the same song kind of leaves a bad taste in my mouth, as I’m starting to never want to hear “Back in the Day” again after hearing the third mix. And what the f*ck is Vitamin C doing on that last track? Information Society, you should be ashamed of yourselves.
Madina Lake – From Them, Through Us, to You
Roadrunner Records (3/27/07)
I’d like to say some good things about the hometown boys, and they’re not particularly bad at what they do, I guess. But they’re also not really breaking any new ground here. It sounds similar to Fall Out Boy if the singer screamed once in a while and wasn’t quite as happy. They occasional use some electro elements, but who doesn’t these days? The band list Nine Inch Nails as an influence, but I see none of that influence in anything on this album. If they’re referring the angst-ridden vocals, Trent did that, but he never sounded like a whiny crybaby. Maybe if this came out before Panic! at the Disco (who ripped off Picnic at the Whitehouse) and My Chemical Romance, it would have made a bigger splash. Speaking of My Chemical Romance, the band’s also trying to market themselves as an edgy, My Chemical Romance-type band, with their eyeliner and black military jackets, but much like the original, they are not edgy. They are very, very whiny.
What the f*ck is this doing on Roadrunner? I know about the whole Nickelback thing, but at least they’re sort of crappy post-grunge… a hell of a lot more Roadrunner material than these goofs. If Max Cavalera were dead, he’d be rolling in his grave right about now. I hate screamo, but if you happen to like it, and enjoy having 40 different albums in your collection by 20 or 30 different bands that all sound exactly the same, then don’t let me stop you from picking this up. While you’re at, pick up a bottle of Drano and drink that f*cker when you get home. Because if people with crappy taste in music did not exist, crappy bands would not be popular and would never succeed. It would be the perfect world.
Sherwood – A Different Light
That’s more like it. A whiny emo band that isn’t trying to come off as edgy. There’s something about that that is charmingly genuine. As far as the music is concerned, it’s poppy and erratic in the vein of Franz Ferdinand if they decided to go the emo route. Let’s be glad they didn’t because everything Franz Ferdinand does is better than anything on A Different Light; however, this is a relatively feel-good album that manages to be melancholy while still giving the emo kids something to smile about aside from seeing a guy in the street that sort of looked like Morrissey.
Jesus Christ, Good Jeff… what the f*ck are you doing to me, here? You could have just told me that there were a shitload of terrible bands out there, and I would have believed you. I didn’t have to listen to this. But since I did, I deem it acceptable only for teenage girls and guys who are trying to score with teenage girls. And to those guys who are willing to listen to crappy emo music just to score with some emo girl, it’s not worth it. Emo girls carry f*cking baggage. There’s no way in hell you’re going to come away from that cleanly. The album did nothing for me, except make me very, very tired. If I was having trouble falling asleep, and after listening to Yanni, Govi, and Raffi I still couldn’t fall asleep, I might pop this in, but that would mean that I had purchased it, and as a result I would deserve to be euthanized.