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The Quick Fix Kills
Saint Something
My Pal God Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
It seems that there is a glut of danceable post-punk and hardcore spilling into CD bins at the moment, a fact that may be starting to give the genre a bad name. Fortunately, there are bands like the Quick Fix Kills out there. For those put off by the label I used in the opening sentence, please understand that I am the most rhythmically challenged white guy for miles, so I use the term "danceable" in the loosest sense. They have plenty of hooks, angular guitar slashes, and off-kilter rhythm to keep math rockers nodding their heads and hardcore fans interested.

If the sound of Saint Something is immediately familiar, it's probably because it seems to follow the lessons learned in the studio during the recording of 2002's Novel Weapons EP. The influence of Don Zientara's (engineer/producer for Fugazi, Q and Not U, Circus Lupus, Bad Brains, The Dismemberment Plan, just to name a few) work on Novel Weapons is evident on Saint Something. In fact, Saint Something sounds like you would think that an album with that pedigree would sound.

The opening track "Lipstick Rendezvous" immediately brought to mind North of America's raucous and erratic guitar work while "Pink Dreams and Cigarette Burns" has a certain, err…. danceability(!) that one would expect from Pretty Girls Make Graves. "Plan for a Biophysical" packs all the punch that we've come to expect from Q and Not U, but with less quirk. Though these guys are from New Jersey, "Suicide Is So '90's" will make you think that they might be from Chicago's post-rock scene.

The Quick Fix Kills pull off a very dangerous feat: they are able to borrow bits and pieces of influences from some pretty serious heavyweights without sounding derivative. They have woven together a sinister, yet catchy sound that I would recommend to fans of Dischord-style post rock and contemporary post-punk bands.

Reviewed by John Peters
A former contributing writer for LAS, John married former music editor Sarah Iddings. That\'s the last we heard from him.

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