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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
»Robyn
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Mishima
Red Is the New Black & Blue
Mintaka Conspiracy Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
On their most recent album, a nine song thriller that rarely breaks from its aggressive hustle, Mishima give a quick enforcement to Canadian label Mintaka Consipiracy, who have already served as incubator for the development of a powerful and like-mindedly smart Firebird Band. There is that smartness of a posh, British tinged post punk attitude, combined with a few unabashed Morrisey-isms to creates a bit of extravaganza for the foursome to use as a springboard to to a full sound that is as catchy as it is compelling. Songs like "Camouflage" are laced with flashy strands of Rory's guitar and Nick Robinson's keyboards. It is readily apparent, both in conversation and on the stereo that the quartet may be young but they are certainly not uninformed on the basics of rock and roll. They've come from a background that gives them their grittiness - students and artists, familiar with a basic pureness of punk, tainted with a love of everything from hardcore to new wave. Their aesthetic and lyrics may leave them to appear a bit debonair at times but there is no bullshit when it comes down to the buoyancy of the basslines or the unrelenting cracking of Svatek's drum sticks. There is undeniable energy, there is undeniable urgency in what they are doing. You see, Mishima may sound like they are merely reflecting classic forms of glorious rock and roll rebellion, but they are actually giving it a fresh face, filtering it through their post-rock prism.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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