ALBUM REVIEW: Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles (II)
Crystal Castles debut eponymous LP respectively garnered them massive attention amongst electro indie circles. Alice Glass's noisy punk vocals accompanied by spaced out gothic electronica differentiates the duo from other outfits like HEALTH or Salem. Though their debut record is devoted to experimentation, producer Ethan Kath maintains a healthy balance of noise rock and dark synth pop. More importantly, his most relentless dedication on the album is to provide songs that you can completely lose yourself in, until you're dancing uncontrollably, oblivious of your surroundings. Crystal Castles' sophomore record has entirely the same premise. Heck, it even keeps the same name. (Continue Reading)
ALBUM REVIEW: !!! - Strange Weather, Isn't It?
Since 2007's breakthrough Myth Takes, a lot has changed for Brooklyn dance-punk band !!!, audibly known as “chk chk chk.” Firstly, original members Justin Van Der Volgen, Tyler Pope and John Pugh left the group to concentrate on their new project under the moniker Free Blood. Then, in November of 2009, former drummer Jerry Fuchs died in a tragic elevator accident. It's unfortunate to note that the band's original drummer Mikel Gius also died young in a car accident three years prior. For an ensemble that is known to be one of the most rambunctious and funnest live acts out there, they sure have been through a lot. (Continue Reading)