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Radio Vago
Black & White Photo Enterprise
Buddyhead Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
When you think of Radio Vago's Black & White Photo Enterprise, think eerie, synth driven, gothic, art punk as the backdrop to a bad anxiety dream. Picture Joy Division, The Need, and The B-52's joining forces; with Siouxsie Sioux and Patti Smith trading off on vocals. Recognized by the LA Weekly as one of the city's best bands of 2002, Radio Vago create music that's hypnotic, frantic, danceable, and at times downright spooky.

Their debut EP, Black & White Photo Enterprise, is a mere 5 tracks long, or in other words, 14 minutes and 10 seconds of hypnotic possession. Vocalist Adrienne Pearson mixes ghostly shrieks with mesmerizing purrs, while Jen Gillaspy's erratic, spacey guitar, takes unpredictable twists and turns through a dark, nameless underworld. Radio Vago craft a captivating theatrical sound that's heavy on the dark side of beats and bass, topped off with creepy carnivalesque keyboards. What emerges on this release is a something that's abstract, mesmerizing and disturbing, all at once.

Reviewed by Danielle Marusa
A resident of Malvern, Pennsylvania, Danielle is an occasional contributor to LAS.

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