April 12, 2007


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Foreign Islands, Restart Now
Deaf Dumb + Blind Recordings, 2007

Not quite as mentally spent-sounding as God Lives Underwater or hyper as Mindless Self Indulgence, Foreign Islands bend it new-rave with a post-punk twist, a Klaxons for the broke kids. Metrosexuals with a penchant for day-glo accessorizing are potential victims of this dance floor blitz as well; it’s a tie-loosening, hands-in-the-air affair that sounds underground enough to be an affront to the Man, and will until everybody wakes up one morning to the rent-a-cop from Sony kicking them out on the street. But there are worse fates than that, really; we’re already up to our scalps in electro dittoheadedness and alt-rock done in yellow and orange crayon, so it was only a matter of time before the two forces joined together. And even though NME was the first to coin the phrase, the new-rave movement does have undeniable potential, mass antipathy toward a re-branding of crystal meth all that stands in its way. B Eric W. Saeger