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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
»Deerhunter
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
The Prids
Love Zero
Luminal Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Thanks to Interpol and "24 Hour Party People," the sounds that were pumped out of Factory Records in the late 70s and into the 80s is enjoying a massive resurgence, one that has seemed to infect not only the sounds coming out of the amps of dudes who used to be in shitty hardcore bands, but the haircuts they sport as well. Though, as no press indicates, the Prids never toiled in mosh-core bands, they definitely qualify as a part of the new new-wave- bands who literally sleep with their makeup caked on their faces, and with their Joy Division, New Order, Jesus and Mary Chain, and Depeche Mode records tucked nicely under their pillows.

And though there seems to be an endless influx for 80s revivalists, the Prids really do pull it off. The guitar tone has that perfect underwater gurgle that dominated the "Pretty In Pink" soundtrack, but enough punk attitude and now style to push the Prids out of the hole dug by other 80s tribute bands, and into a class of their own. The keyboards, consistent urgent rhythm, and solid dynamics occasionally recall post Pink Flag-era Wire at times (and even the sounds coming out of Wire now), and the gloomy textures hearken back to everybody from obvious references like the Smiths and the Cure, to more obscure black-clad brooders like Cabaret Voltaire, Magazine, and the Birthday Party.

However, instead of toil with inaccessible elements that made bands like Suicide and Bauhaus catch on only with the most depressed kids of the day, the Prids champion melody and intensity as their tickets to dominating indie rock stereos from New York to Portland (where they hang their hats). The Prids pop side is really what makes Love Zero (the song and the album) shine, from the Devo-meets-Garbage punch of "The Problem" to the Pixies-by-way-of-My Bloody Valentine rock of "You Are the Colorant," one thing is for certain once their intoxicating pill is finally swallowed- Simple Minds they are not. And I mean that in a good way.

Reviewed by Ryan Allen
A former staff writer with fabulous hair, Ryan Allen once fronted Red Shirt Brigade with his brother, Scott. He currently fronts the art/fashion punk band Thunderbirds Are Now!, with is brother, Scott.

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