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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
Fever
Pink On Pink
Kemado Records

Rating: 3/10 ?


October 1, 2004
What is with this obviously retro, dirty rock and roll trend that so many bands are pursuing these days? It's a movement to maintain a certain sound in music that, for the most part, really isn't very good. There are excuses like Hot Hot Heat and The Faint, but for all their talent and ability to make decent music, there are the inevitable defective imitators.

The Fever is striving for a similar retro inspired rock sound that beyond the aforementioned, certainly doesn't need any resurrecting, is far to cocky for its own good, and is essentially about as rockin' as a Weird Al polka mix.

More retro than rock, The Fever are chock full of bouncing guitars, beeping synth, insanely obnoxious vocals, and "bah ba da bop" choruses: Adam Ant would be so proud! It's a little bit English, it's a little bit new wave, and it's a whole lot offensive to ears. Some people can be snotty and pull it off, both sound and look wise, but this is borderline rage inducing.

I was alive in the 80s, and to say I grew up in the 80s wouldn't be a lie either. While some music from said decade is good, some for reasons of talent, some for reasons of nostalgia, I would hardly lend a hand to help revive the decade if it meant another Flock of Seagulls album. We as wo/men need to stop, take a step back, and acknowledge the fact that the past is the past for a reason, and damned if it shouldn't remain that way. From sound to look, The Fever is trying too damn hard, which makes them that much worse.

The band is comprised of five gents: Sanchez Esquire, J, Geremy Jasper, Achilles, and Pony. Are you fucking kidding me? Pony? J? You better have a huge pair to walk around and expect people to call you a letter or an animal. Seriously, keep pushing lattes at Starbucks, because this crap isn't going to cut it.

Unlike Interpol, a band that has found a retro niche that disappeared more because the bands that really did the style justice disappeared or evolved in sound, The Fever are grasping at straws. I can't be sure, but didn't Orwell's 1984 contain references to impending doom based on the resurrection of long-forgotten musical stylings? I never read the book, but I'm positive that's what it was about. That and Big Boi, or some other nonsense. Just duck and cover... it's for the best.

Reviewed by David Spain
Based in Chicago, Illinois, David Spain is a contributing writer for LAS magazine.

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