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Parts & Labor – Constant Future – CD Review

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Parts & Labor – Constant Future – CD Review

Parts & Labor

Parts & LaborConstant FutureJagJaguwar– CD review by Brad Bugos

I know, I know. I take forever to write music reviews. That is one of the main reasons my zine (SLTM THE ZINE) only came out twice a year. It’s hard to sit down and write about music non-stop and come up with something fresh and interesting. Just look at my hero/mentor magazine The Big Takeover. Tons of music reviews, written by lots of different people. It’s a lot harder to do it when you do them all under fake names (more on that next time).

On to the review. Know what I like about this release? The rock elements to it. I mean this band fucking rocks out, they are not afraid to put some rock muscle behind these basic electronic and pop songs. I love that, it’s what really separates them from all the other indie pop/electronic pop acts out there.

Now there is some space in the songs, don’t get me wrong . Not all of the songs are going to punch you in the mouth, but there are more than enough rock beats there to keep it moving. Their press release calls them a “Noise-pop trio”, which I think is almost accurate. I think you need to mention the big drums and rock elements in the songs. It’s really their strength, yeah they write a nice pop tune with some keyboard and noise laid around it, but its those rockin guitars and heavy drums I love.

Here’s what else I like about this band and their release, they know that these songs have an expiration date. Meaning? Well, some bands decide that since they are going to add noise or spacey elements to their songs, it can go anywhere and for any length of time. This band gives you their best shot, keeps it interesting and tasty and then gets the hell out of their. It’s the mark of a good, intelligent band. Where you would want them to expand on these ideas is live, and some bands forget that mantra. Noodle and expand all you want when you are playing live but there is a certain genius in brevity and quick wit.

This album was released on March 8th 2011 in both CD and Vinyl form. You can buy the LP for $12 here and download a mp3 of their excellent single Constant Future too.

This album, which is 9 months old in a week, is one of my favorite of the year. It bounces about, gives you a hammer to the head and a quick dollop of drums in the sack, gets you home in time for supper and less angry than you’ve been in ten years. Enjoy this album, it’s why I do this the podcast and bother to write music reviews.
Brad Bugos – Host SLTM (THE PODCAST) brad@fatrobotradio.com

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