March 27, 2006

she wants revenge

A little over a week ago, Erik and I were talking about some of the music on the current KROQ playlist, and he mentioned that ubiquitous "Tear You Apart" song played just about once or twice an hour on the local alternative radio station. It was an interesting song, but I hadn't given it much thought besides thinking "Oh. Interpol has a new single out. I'm so excited. Not."

So when Erik mentioned that he thought it was actually this other band, She Wants Revenge, I scoffed at the implausability of a guy sounding so much like that guy who sings for Interpol. But then again, that guy from Interpol sounds just like that dude from Joy Division ("Love Will Tear Us Apart") who died probably before Erik was even conceived (note: I looked it up - he HAD died before Erik was conceived - I feel dirty!).

A quick trip to the Apple Music Store solved the mystery, and we sampled some tracks from their debut self-titled album She Wants Revenge. I immediately liked what I heard, and made a mental note to investigate further. Over this past weekend we caught their second single on KROQ, "These Things", and my interest was further piqued.

This evening I decided to bite the bullet and actually purchase their album from iTunes, and for the last two hours I've been listening to it over and over. And I am in love!

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A lot of attention has been paid to how much his band sounds like Joy Division and Interpol, and how they're the New Wave-revival du jour, but there's so much more 80's music history in these guys' music. I never really listened to much of that Ian Curtis (or Ian Curtis-inspired) stuff, so upon my first listens, I picked up, instead, bits of The Cure, The Eurythmics, Sonic Youth... even Wham! The beats had me dancing in my chair, and the keyboard stuff was engaging on all sorts of levels. People, derivative does not have to be a dirty word. And this derivative stuff WORKS. For me, at least.

Current fave tracks include "Monologue" - yes, it's a song about sadomasochism, but it's so damned fantastic I want to pee my pants from sheer glee. The stuff that's going on during the instrumental bridge (at 3:08 into the song) makes me love life even more than before I heard it - currently on repeat; "Disconnect" - a two-and-a-half minute meditation through a chorus pedal. Really lovely; and "These Things" - the latest single in rotation on the alternative rock stations.


posted by julie at March 27, 2006 09:05 PM

things people have said

Their lyrics freak me out, but yeah...the sound is awesome.

so said: Erik at April 3, 2006 05:04 PM



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