Author: Brian Fogarty
10/01/2004 | Exoduster.com | www.exoduster.com | Album Review
As everyone's favorite Midwestern label, Saddle Creek unleashes its latest quasi-super group on the music world. Formed in the summer of 2001, Beep Beep exists at its core of Eric Bemberger' and Chris Hughes' eccentric electro energies. After some wrangling between people for the band's composition, Bemberger and Hughes are joined by master drummer Mike Sweeney and bassist Joel Petersen of the Faint and Broken Spindles. Beep Beep prefers to merge bursts of noise here and there on top of a standard rock structure. At times, the vocals are spastic and hysterical (e.g., "Oh No!") and other times they are melodic and concentrated (e.g., "Misuse Their Bodies"). The vocals and music follow similar paths, which creates a different sound on nearly every track. Business Casual begins on "I Am the Secretary" with wild, old style electro-noise screaming while the guitars are all straight down-picking. After the similar "Oh No!," "Misuse Their Bodies" comes at you like a little piece of heaven. Following a marginal opening, the vocals are accompanied by the previous bassist's Katie Muth that starts the magic. The addition of Hammond B-3 and Mellowtron by uber-producer A.J. Mogis later in the song turns "Misuse Their Bodies" as the stand out number from the record. Ping ponging electronics begin the promising "Giggle Giggle," but Beep Beep doesn't follow the dance beats and go more for the spastic. "Electronic Wolves" grows on you with repetitive listens as the guitar riffs will get your moving. After the 'I like to make noise' "Cherry Poison," "Executive Foilage" slips excessively compared to "Electronic Wolves" and "Misuse Their Bodies." However, Beep Beep picks the mantle back up with the super-fun "The Fluorescent Lights," which is another dance floor number. A bluesy-guitar leads the way for one of the best song names ever, "Vertical Cougar;" Vertical Cougar should be a name for a cock-rock band. The record closes with smooth electronics on "The Threat of Nature" and alternates with aggressive outputs. Although Beep Beep fall into a valley somewhere between the hipness of the Faint and the stark minimalism of Broken Spindles, their unconventional attack of each song allows for differentiation.