July 31, 2002

I mostly agree with Douglas Wolk's Village Voice article about New York's new wave of dance-centric rock. But I think that like a lot of people, he's being lazy by just allowing himself to "spot the influence" -- ok, Liars sound like the Fall, Radio 4 sound like Remain in Light-era Talking Heads, and all of a sudden everyone's namecheckin' ESG and Liquid Liquid because those are the names to namecheck if you don't wanna (to para-quote that great LCD Soundsystem song) "lose your edge." But just because !!! have retro appeal doesn't mean there's nothing new under the sun -- you have to work a little harder to find the originality, but there's always something there that makes a band unique, and that's what's worth paying attention to.