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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
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Mommy and Daddy
Fighting Style Killer Panda
Kanine Records

Rating: 7.5/10 ?


February 1, 2005
Fuck Internet message boards and flyers on record store walls. In this day and age, one of the easiest ways to form a band must be to get married or get in a serious relationship. The Kills, Mates of State, Quasi, The Like Young - hell even Matmos - are prime examples. Add Mommy and Daddy to that list.

I search for comparisons to Mommy and Daddy within the list of established "married" bands, but aside from the superficial dirt and lo-fi aesthetic shared with many of the above-mentioned bands, they come off as mostly unique. While the songs are poppy akin almost to the Raveonettes, Mommy and Daddy are thankfully more varied. On this EP, the group showcases a strutting punk full of drum machine beats, keyboard blips and gritty bass lines.

At their best, the group is brash, hyper and gritty. "Street Cleaner Demeanor" sounds like the B-52's re-imagined as a bunch of 21st century drugged out hipsters. It's the group's most frenzied cut, and a shining example of their potential. Aside from songs meant for psychotic dance parties, the group also creates songs for 1985 teen movies: "Confection" comes complete with synthesized horns and pleading female vocals that must remind us all of those halcyon 80's nights gone by.

Though the 80's influence is present, Mommy and Daddy are not an overwhelmingly bland retro group with nothing new to add. Most songs come off fresh with the snotty sneer of a garage rock group colliding with the brash fun of a new wave band. Rather than be pigeon-holed as one of those married bands, the NYC duo should be recognized as group with strong potential off to a solid start with this US debut EP.

Reviewed by Dan Williams
A staff writer based in Brooklyn, New York, Dan Williams is a frequent contributor to LAS magazine. He once lived in Köln, Germany for a semester, is currently persuing his MBA in New York, and recently switched sides and began working as a publicist for Special Ops Media in New York.

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