True musical omnivores, Copenhagen's WhoMadeWho have always been far too slippery a beast to be encapsulated by the standard-issue genre tags -- dance-punk; disco-rock -- they're often saddled with. To wit, even before completely overhauling their self-titled 2005 debut into a set of beatless, acoustic psych-folk (Green Versions), they'd already sprinkled a surprising number of gentler, guitar-led tunes among its party-starting electro jams. And 2009's The Plot was a wily, wayward amalgam of strutting glam rock, slo-mo space pop, blistering techno-boogie, and goofy instrumental funk.
First, the Danish trio Whomadewho overcame unfortunate AC/DC connotations and released two albums of clever indie-disco. Now, they’ve overcome their own reputation as peddlers of fun but ultimately rather throwaway music. Knee Deep establishes Whomadewho as a band that must be taken seriously. Every so often, a band makes an album that takes the relatively modest elements of their sound and makes them into something much greater than the sum of its parts.
Of all the acts cross-pollinating dance music and rock in the mid-2000s, few were as gleefully fun as Danish trio WhoMadeWho. Named for the AC/DC song, the band showed up in 2004 with "Two Covers for Your Party", a split 12" on which they rendered Mr. Oizo's ear-worming, puppet-moving "Flat Beat" and Benny Benassi's robotically sexual dancefloor staple "Satisfaction" in the style of loose disco-rock.