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Hypernova, Through the Chaos
Narnack Records, April 6, 2010

With the Democrats running like red-handed Wall-Street-kickback-taking thieves whenever Rush Limbaugh so much as twitches, Sarah Palin and the rest of the Orcs continue gleefully running the country into the ground, leaving progressive citizens (that insignificant 80-percent majority of Americans who want health insurance reform and a reduction in military spending, etc.) relegated to firing spitballs from the back of the bus. Here’s a hot new opportunity for that, a garage band from Iran, who will surely get rave reviews simply for being from one of the many places demonized by the Lieberman/McCain Committee for Blue-Collar Paranoia. Kickoff tune “Universal” is not a best foot forward, coming off as too joke-band-ish, but mind that these guys’ core sound is Electric Six possessing the bodies of Gang of Four, not the best angle for bands wanting to be taken seriously. Often, though, they cobble things that sound like a blend of Simple Minds and Joy Division — things that aren’t stupid, in other words — and, WTF, they like the band Kasabian, so they’ve got my vote. B+ —EWS