Jesus fuggin' CHRIST!! Maybe it's me, I am gettin' up there in age, but Atomic Bride has gotta be possessed; their new EP, Electric Order is a flat out stunner. It's only four songs, but I'm, like, totes AS EXCITED AS WHEN I FIRST HEARD THEIR ALBUM Dead Air!!! Right, so dig this track, "We Got Muscle." It's tense.
Where their album, Dead Air, was strung together and hung as a single piece, the jams on Electric Order ain't composed as a single big THING. They're just "individual" songs, um, very theatrical "individual" songs. The songs FEEL like they're li'l aural comic books. Maybe, but I CAN'T SUSS OUT ALL THE WORDS. (sigh) I said it before (and I think I can say it again) they KINDA come across like the Rezillos, but Atomic Bride's dark pop-art vibes and cloudy cartoon imagery are way more creepy and menacing. They're very American in that regard. And also fucking heavy. All their elements are well balanced here, there is zero self-indulgence or over-shooting their songwriting chops; dense, sophisticated, and expansive arrangements is just their thing. Which, natch, equates to smart ROCK and ROLL.
Electric Order comes out September 14, the same day as their record release show at the Comet Taven. Also on the bill that night are Tacocat, Ever-So-Android, and Acapulco Lips.