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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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Ex Models
Zoo Psychology
Frenchkiss Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Where do art and noise collide? If art is punk and noisy and chaotic, then is said art noise or post punk art? And if noise is art within chaotic structures of punk, post-noise and beyond, is the intersection visible within the constructs of noise and art? Can someone repeat back to me the following sentences and add some helpful punctuation so I can understand what I am trying to say? Anyone? Ex Models, can you be of some help? Nah, they aren't going to humor me, I don't think they really give a shit. This, their second release after the Ace Fu debut, Other Mathematics, will serve to awkwardly invade your eardrums while simultaneously showing you what the cream of current NYC music sounds like and causing nerds to pontificate on the meanings or art, noise and post punk. And so it begins.

Ex Models like their songs short, as previously noted in the fine piece posted here at Lost at Sea. Zoo Psychology contains 15 of their frantic, furious and screeching time-challenged songs, centered around a sex meets anxiety theme (who would have thought those two ideas would ever meet?). These aren't the slick and erotic sex themes explored by The Faint, this is a lower east side Woody Allen's Eros nightmare, and the soundtrack is crashing guitars skronked out of their gourds, thundering and sporadic drum kicks that tumble over rhythmic patterns and rumbling bass lines that sweep underneath like Missouri tornadoes. Shades of early Sonic Youth, Liars, the Locust, Erase Errata and anything no-wave have shaped Ex Models sound. From the chopped up distortion guitars augmented by war drums to the point of collapse in "Fuck to the Music" to the high-pitched cheerleading over insane asylum garage rock of "Zoo Love" to the waves of assault guitars and thump bass of "Brand New Panties" to the extremely short noise interludes of "The Mystery of Brine" and "The Password is Pelican"… you get the point.

Ex Models are setting out to irritate and innovate and their point is not subtle. Structure is not the modus operandi here, although sometimes it creeps into their hurricane whirlwinds of rock mayhem. There is very little passive to counter their aggressive and the band is not really concerned with this lack. At times one can listen to these former fashion mavens and wonder exactly how hard it is or what the point of it is or simply, why… but this won't get you anywhere. The point is no point and Ex Models are furiously bashing away in a land of pose and poise. The thing is, they just don't seem to give a shit. Sit back and appreciate that.

Reviewed by Jonah Flicker
Jonah Flicker writes, lives, drinks, eats, and consumes music in New York, via Los Angeles. He once received a fortune in a fortune cookie that stated the following: "Soon, a visitor shall delight you." He's still waiting.

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