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Blank-wave Arcade

Author: - james squeaky
03/30/2001 | | | Album Review
RATING 9.75 / 10

This CD was purchased in response to several gushing reviews I had read about Blank-Wave Arcade as well as interviews with the band in Skyscraper and Law of Inertia. I have to say that the CD has surpassed my expectations of the band.

I was anticipating The Faint to be more rock-based and "New Wave" in more of a Milemarker, just pushing the envelope sort of way, but this is the real thing - full on 80s style New Wave with a modern indie-rock sensibility.

The songs will lather across your body like a new friend - This is the type of band that you will want to fuck the members of just because the music they make is so darn sexy... it'll bring up the animal side from the graveyard of your boring indie-rock, sexless soul.

I'm sure plenty of comparisons could be made to obscure 80s New Wave bands to really describe what these guys are doing... like some Gary Numan, but in a modern sense: this could draw comparisons to an upbeat Nine Inch Nails or Duran Duran, and I don't mean that in a bad way.

The music is everything good about 80s pop/New Wave: energetic, deliberate and sexy, but with a post punk sincerity and enthusiasm. It's very obvious that Blank-Wave Arcade was a great deal of fun to create and I have heard that live, they are compared to The VSS for their dramatic live stage show persona.

Blank-wave Arcade

Blank-wave Arcade

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