Vs. Robots EP (2004, Kill
Sometimes you just have to be in awe of a brilliant idea. Not only
do these guys peg down the indie world's ever-growing fascination
with zombies (and robots, natch), they also simultaneously lob every
hardcore punk cliché in the book into the arena, creating
an ingenious juxtaposition of punk rock and the undead. Suddenly,
songs like 'Refuse To Die' take on a new meaning, and lyrics like
"I can't get my health back / I want my old life back"
twist your mind in a new direction.
wait, there's more. Not only does the band play excellent hardcore
(you know the kind I mean, with lots of rhythm shifts, powerful
riff chugs, gang vocals at just the right time) they also, get this,
put new school swing music into the mix. Tiny traces of punk-ska
upstroking appear as well, but it's the blaring horns and bouncy
rhythm section that pounce on the spotlight. Halfway through 'Cancer
Swing' the sunglasses-at-night-cool bass takes over and the guitar
morphs from brutal hardcore axe to neo-lounge six-string.
title track offers the listeners a succinct explanation of the EP's
concept, telling the story of Zombies fighting Robots in acoustic
hardcore fashion. For lack of a better comparison, it sounds like
Against Me! or Rumbeseat (if those bands had a sense of humor).
'Opus' offers more youth-crew-esque slogans like 'take back
your life as your own!' and this time a swinging keyboard jumps
in the middle of the mosh pit. This is easily one of the most entertaining
releases I've heard this year.