THE NEW LOUD - EP review added 25th February 2010
EP Review: Can't Stop Not Knowing EP (2010)
For fans of: Electro Pop Rock... and wtf music...
Can't Stop Not Knowing is the debut release from US band The New Loud. The EP is made up of 3 original tracks, a cover of Radiohead's '2+2=5', a demo and an extended version of one of the original tracks. The EP - featuring Shane Olivo on guitar, Jessi on keyboards, and 'Radish Beet' on drums (plus all 3 on vocals) - was mixed by Mark Trombino (Jimmy Eat World)
It's hard to know what to make of this EP. It's at once abysmally crap and occasionally infectious. It's like a combination of New Order, Queens Of The Stone Age, Gary Newman and The Prodigy put through a poorly calibrated re-mixing machine.
It's certainly not music in the normal sense of the word, and only occasionally qualifies as rock. In the right circumstances, mood, and level of chemical intoxication, I'd imagine this would be the best thing you'd ever heard. If you played this late night at Glastonbury it would set the place on fire. However, in normal everyday life it's all just a bit bonkers.
'Heaven' is decent, and arguably the most commercial of the tracks. The broken indie rhythms of 'The Short Way To Get You' are intriguing too. Even the 'Every Girl I See' demo has it's moments. Overall, though, this really isn't to my tastes. The New Loud will have their fans, and I suspect when the full length album comes out later this year it'll sell well. I'm not sure I'll be bothering though...
Check out... Hmmm...all of it if you're feeling brave.