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Myth Takes

Rating: 8/10 ?

April 23, 2007
I have had the privilege of seeing !!! perform a few times around these United States and one thing is for sure, they put on one heck of a great live show. From an audience perspective, one would assume the entire band was mainlining speed and energy drinks. They always remain cool, no matter what the circumstance - and Myth Takes steps it up a notch. These guys don't even have to try to be cool anymore. It's a natural thing that greets them with every new morning.

The band's original, eponymous longplayer saw them experimenting with a lot of different instruments and song styles (all on top of danceable beats, of course), figuring out how they could shake up the indie rock world and force hipsters into some hotpants to gyrate hips. With their second full album, Louden Up Now, the band was continuing right down the dancepunk path, but seemed to have picked up the habit of forcing their too-cool-for-school attitudes down listeners throats. They got a little more vulgar and showy, but still remained an experimental dancy bunch of crazy hipsters at their core. Perhaps they were simply trying a little too hard.

Following that album, the band relaxed a bit and released a two-song covers EP, the standout and title track being their cover of the Magnetic Fields song "Take Ecstasy With Me", in which they turned an original three and a half-minute bedroom pop song with world-music beats into a seven and a half-minute exotic dance punk hat-tip to the club scene. It worked as the perfect stop-gap measure, allowing them to focus on this, their next album.

Myth Takes, while still carrying on in the tradition of the band's dance-punk roots, has opened a few more doors for !!! - mainly in the lyrical arena. "Must Be The Moon" has an actual narrative story-arch, in which the main character notices the weird effects of the moon in the night sky above a town. At the club our protagonist catches the eye of a hot young thang and proceeds to make out with her. They go home and do the deed (in many different locations) and enjoy the mood the crazy moon has put them in. Moral of the story: Take advantage of "those nights" when the moon is having its way with the world; whatever happens it will end with a great story, good or bad.

With a marked improvement in lyrical content, !!! have also brought the beats. "Heart Of Hearts" is a thrill of a song, filled with tempo changes and blasts of energy. The six-minute roller coaster keeps the intensity going after "A New Name," but adds a few more futuristic sound effects and female vocals. It twists and turns and bangs and burns into your ears, locking itself into the subconscious for weeks on end.

There's a lot of loving and making out - as well as down and dirty fucking - all over this album. The beats are steady and everything moves at a perfectly cool pace, and music that sounds this good can only make the world sit up and take notice. Whatever the cool word for "cool" is nowadays, it's all over Myth Takes.

Reviewed by Bob Ladewig
Having been introduced to good music by his sister in the early years, Bob Ladewig has been searching out all the best in indie music ever since. He also rides a skateboard and performs/directs comedy shows and, like all great men, he\'s afraid of really growing up.

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