Release Date: Jun 9, 2009
Record label: Vagrant
Genre(s): Rock, Punk
This will shake the winter blues in no time... The latest album from St Louis, Illinois, quartet So Many Dynamos is definitely a keeper. Fusing the cool placidity of Minus The Bear with unhinged, erratic bursts of energy a la Les Savy Fav and the synth goodness and dance-ability of Q And Not U, this will shake the winter blues in no time. Their self-professed ‘honest’ album exposes its elbows and explores multiple musical corners, escalating into a dancefloor frenzy in each instance.
“See the orchestration of devastation,” sings Aaron Stovall on “Oh, the Devastation!,” from The Loud Wars. This line encapsulates the album’s main purpose, which is to explore chaos while attempting to harness it. The result is stimulating though not exactly dangerous. So Many Dynamos is a bombastic foursome with a lot of synergetic talent.
So Many Dynamos’ third album continues to marry old-school video game synths with guitar-based rock. Musically, they do some very interesting things and the songs sound quite distinct. The descending chromatic guitar lines of “The Novelty of Haunting” come straight out of a Castlevania game; perfect for this kind of band. The synth-funk of “New Bones” finds a dance groove that works well, at least before being continually interrupted by aggravating bursts of keyboard bloops and guitar noise.
What a time our nation's capital was having around the turn of the century. You could count on two hands the number of people actually affected by our president's latest dick move. Newt Gingrich had left both his posts, and for an all-too-brief while, things were quiet on the batshit front. The District's favorite sons, Fugazi had settled into a nice little rut before their as-yet-unbroken hiatus, and as the last decade has taught us, a world with Fugazi is preferable to one without.