States (2005, Tight
Austin quintet is one amongst many, many groups continuing to 'revive'
the post-punk movement. Well, I guess one could already assume post-punk
has sufficiently been revived, thanks to Radio 4 et al, and This
Microwave World is amongst the rapidly-growing second generation.
Not that there’s anything wrong with coming in second.
knows how to yowl/sing/chant his way through a dance punk anthem,
and likewise can produce the rapid, rhythmic guitar strokes that
gets your hips shaking more than your devil horns pumping. Erin
Mikulenka’s pulsating synths are always welcome, and Brandon
Loe’s bass ensures that the ball keeps bouncing even though
the lyrics are so repetitive you shout along after half a listen.
lead off 'December Was A Sham' and the raucous blow out 'You‘re
A Riot' are prime examples of what the band is capable of - energetic,
honest, blasts of adrenaline and groove that burst a vein in your
head as easily as it shakes the dirt off a dance club wall. However,
while the album starts off strong it seems to run out of steam halfway
through. More predictable Gang Of Four homages that offer only miniscule
traces of variety. 'She’s Insecure' has potential to please
but is a tad drawn out. To a casual listener the riff for 'Cardinal
Sin' sounds only one chord different than a riff that appears earlier
in the disc. The neat bass line that opens 'Flip It To The B-Side'
is enough to hook you back into toe-tapping mode but by this time
you’ve already had your fill.
Microwave World has released 3 EP’s before this full length,
and it would probably benefit them to do so again in the future.
They’ve definitely got the chops to create a quick burst of
catchy post-punk, but I'd just as well take the 4 great tracks (mind
you, most bands would kill to have 4 great songs period) and leave
the filler behind.