REVIEW: I Am Spoonbender: Shown Actual Size EP
I Am Spoonbender: Shown Actual Size EP [Gold Standard Labs, 2003] (mp3)
Three words? 1983 is calling...
I thought guitar rock was back. I really did. What with The Strokes and The White Stripes making it okay for people to play guitar again, I really thought we were onto a rebirth of rock 'n roll. Rye Coaltion is the only band right now that has the hopes of releasing the next Aerosmith Rocks. I don't care who you are, but “Back In The Saddle” rules and I will fight to the death to defend it.
While I'm waiting for one of the above to deliver me rock 'n roll salvation, I'll have to put up with the surprisingly still-popular booty rock/electroclash scene. Peaches, !!!, Le Tigre, The Faint... the list of artists is never-ending. Everyone is buying 808s, wearing bad clothes with an ironic, detached gaze, and pretending they like Human League.
I Am Spoonbender aren't bad, nor are they particularly memorable. Slick programmed beats that could've been lifted off any prominent 80s dance record, with cold monotonous voices on top. They do this schtick a bit better than most but without enough panache to keep my ears perked. Only on "Redial Meant 'Remember'" does innovation poke its head in the door. And even then - it's only a phone ringing, ladies and gentlemen.