The Weird Boys Are Here
The first image that popped into my mind upon the first listen of the first song was the classic 80s movie time lapse “working together” montage, “Revenge of the Nerds” style.
This is obviously retro 80s on purpose but that’s not a bad thing at all. The more you listen to it the more you feel the influences are represented beautifully.
The sound is authentic new wave, high-energy post-punk new wave from the UK in 1982 to be specific. It’s on the electronic and V-drums sounding dance side of the genre but isn’t boring musically. Think Bow Wow Wow and Shriekback but without the African influences, and more stripped down.
It’s never overly dark, mopey, or cheesey by any means. It’s fun. It’s what you’d get if you typed “quirky fun 80s new wave post-punk UK” into YouTube. This is a two-piece band. – just two dudes. Synth, vocals, and drums.
“Weirdosynthpukepop Willie Dieminzzz Clint Frazier Two guys from that other band Shout Out Out Out Out Edmonton Alberta” says their Bandcamp page. I feel like John Lydon would be an unofficial third member.
The EP has four songs and they’re all solid and the sound is consistent, noticeably full for a two-piece band. I can’t pick a favourite song after about 10 listens straight.
I would love to see this band perform live. This is exactly the kind of band I would go see live in fact – the kind of band you can dance and have fun at their show, and still be weird with your weird friends.
The lyrics and vocal delivery are fairly brilliant. Repetitive and rhythmic phrases, biting and snarky. One great moment for sure is hearing the lyrics “Another wasted Saturday, surfing on the internet” over deliberately 80s sounding, pre-internet, dance music.
Gold stars, Physical Copies. You’re my kind of weird boys.
- Joel Klaverkamp
Published in Volume 70, Number 17 of The Uniter (January 28, 2016)