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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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My Favorite
The Kids Are All Wrong
Double Agent Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
The Kids Are All Wrong is the final installation of a trilogy of concept EPs loosely based on the life of Joan of Arc (the French girl-warrior, not the Illinoisan sissy-rockers). In their attempt to be artsy, five State University of New York at Stony Brook (SUNY Stony Brook to New Ya'kers) graduates came up with a completely awful idea that still manages to be relatively refreshing in that there is not one lyric on the album strictly about girls, boys, love, or sex.

My Favorite is working a couple of different things and using them to its benefit, gaining itself a devoted following and an incredible amount of buzz surrounding its name, with spots on a number of "Fifty Coolest Things on the Planet Right Now" and "One Hundred Bands To Know" lists. Among these beneficial qualities are:

1. Consider themselves "five suburban misfits from the notorious cultural vacuum of Long Island, New York." In other words, "Not only are we too good for the suburbs, but we're brilliant because we managed to create hip and original (right?) music while being stuck in that mall-loving, backyard wrestling*, Real World and TRL watching place too many way people call a home."

2. Being around for the Brooklyn-New York explosion and living close enough they can associate themselves with Interpol, Radio 4, the Walkmen, Ted Leo, etc.

3. Whine about "being an art-school band in a lo-fi rock decade."

4. Milking the Brooklyn-New York explosion for all its worth.

5. Their attempt at modernizing eighties new wave yet still being completely and unabashedly new wave, complete with tons of synthesizer.

6. Sound kind of like early Smiths.

7. Did I mention the Brooklyn-New York explosion?

There are so many new-wave revival bands out there right now that there is no way anyone can keep track. There's not much to say about My Favorite's music. It's eighties new-wave revival rehash with some modernist trendy twists. It's good, I'll give them that. But it's not great. It really isn't. If it wasn't for all I've heard about this band, I'm sure I would have forgotten about them as soon as I filed The Kids Are All Wrong in my music collection.

*Note: There is no actual backyard wrestling in Long Island. It's really not that bad of a place!

*Double Note: *It's fucking Stony Brook!

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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