Monday, January 14, 2008

Soviet Sludge

In Soviet Russia Bauhaus covers you.

Or something like that.

USSR began as the Bauhaus cover band “Dark Entries” and quickly absorbed members of other 80’s goth/synth bands in or around Athens, Georgia. The results aren’t half bad.

That’s what the left hemisphere says. Travel over to the right and it’s a different story.

With all of the pared down nostalgia in their sound, USSR gives off that vibe you get when you realize the floor is a little stickier than you’d like. Not too sticky, but just enough to bug your feet with the delayed reaction in movements. Primarily because, they wear their influences on their sleeve and it bleeds pretty liberally into the music. In fact a lot of their stuff seems to bleed rather that punch, pacing the music pretty well with the musicians themselves, but slowing it down tremendously.

It’s slimy and that's why I like it a lot , even if it doesn’t pack the sort of intensity that grips you for more than two minutes at a time. But “Dance Floor” does have an insane amount of replay value to make up for it. And the saxophone on “Watch Out” feels very organic and well timed . If they play to their strengths these boys might have potential.

Kindercore signed them as part of their re-emergence after being shut down in 2003 following a protracted battle with their creditors. Starting from scratch has allowed the label more flexibility and even a humbler approach to signing young talent.

One question though. Why name a goth band USSR ? Mascara was rare in the Soviet Union and most of its citizens thought it could never be found in liquid form....only as something resembling black soap. Something to think about.


Blogger Marc said...

I always appreciate the use of saxaphones to make music scarier. You don't see that as often.

6:15 PM  

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