Tuesday 13 May 2014
Pop. 1280 - The Grid
Review by Brayden Bagnall
Genre: Noise Rock, Post Punk, Synth Punk
For Fans Of: Destruction Unit, Big Black, Mutant Video, Total Control
Pop. 1280 have reached the fabled balance between style and substance - the mythical middle ground between having decent music and a rockin' aesthetic to boot. Sure pink album covers and driving gloves are cool, but you know what's even cooler? Cyberpunk - cyberpunk lifted straight from the gutters of a very grimy, 1970/1980s New York. This feels like Videodrome, Escape From New York, The Warriors and THX 1138 somehow got together and started a punk band together.
Style aside, Pop. 1280's music is every bit as sinister and sleazy as a 70s sci fi flick, melding synth lines with angular, scraping guitars to create their 'cyberpunk' sound. There's 9 tracks here, broken up by instrumental interludes that sound like they could've been lifted straight from a John Carpenter film, all of which really convey the pulsating, unsettling throb of an urban dystopia. Lyrically The Grid explores the underbelly of this decaying city, and the prostitutes, junkies and chronic masturbators who populate it, detailed by a vocalist that sounds a tad bit like Trent Reznor (just a bit).
Stylistically appealing and musically appealing, this is one for those of you who like your noise rock a little more refined, but disturbing and weird nonetheless.
1. Step Into The Grid
3. Anonymous Blonde
4. Data Dump
6. Interlude 2
8. Trash Cop