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New york electro at it's finest,
By A Customer
This review is from: A.R.E. Weapons (Audio CD)
Acquiring a reputation in their native New York for wild DJ sets and gigs, ARE Weapons came to the attention of Jarvis Cocker through their demo, and the Pulp man promptly got them signed to ultra-cool UK indie, Rough Trade. There's an artiness to the Weapons that usually spells trouble in the melody department, but the trio infuse the minimalistic electro stylings and hip hop leanings with a surprise grasp of lyrical content. For every Suicide pastiche like 'A.R.E.' or early single 'Street Gang', there's genuinely thoughtful reflection such as album closer 'Hey World' where vocalist Brains declares over a string-laden opus "It's still strange to be 30 and feel so alone". Fischerspooner this ain't! Indeed the two finest cuts on this debut bookend everything on here, with opener 'Don't Be Scared' kicking off the whole shebang like a cross between Flowered Up's 'Weekender' and The Stooges as defiant pleas like "People say you're a drug abuser/ Cause you wanna get high" are delivered. There's a positivity amongst the inherent bleakness that is ultimately rewarding, and there's certainly hope for future ARE Weapons releases.