August 16, 2007

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The States, The Path of Least Resistance
Genious Collective Records, Aug. 14

Buoyant, tight but shapeless mass of influences, indie as imagined by Thursday fanboys who play too loud for NME and maintain too much wishy-washy Gang of Four randomness for Kerrang. I’d have guessed these guys for Topeka hayseeds, the worst of insults when your band’s from Brooklyn and you’ve gone to the trouble of throwing unexpected (as in “ah, what are you doing”), incorrectly done Interpol shoegaze into your mix. The songs are okay, overtly emo when the band is being themselves; if anything’s starkly missing it’s a sense of humor, not that the idea of the Bodeans trying arena rock on for size isn’t accidentally funny (“Charm Offensive”). Like several of the components here, “CCTV” is harder than the class of Gang of Four album-filler you wish made up entire Gang of Four albums, glum-hearted ska-rock for the huddled masses of college kids approaching the age where they discover actual music and whatnot. CE. W. S.