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    Pow! – “Hi-Tech Boom” – [Castle Face Records]

    Recently KFJC has been debating if the Googleglass
    is half-full, or half-empty. This quasi-synthpunk
    project seems to be railing against the digital
    divide. Not sure if they’ve been forced out of
    San Francisco yet by the Hi-Tech Boom, or if the
    Boom comes strapped to Byron Blum’s guitar ready
    to detonate. There are synths deployed throughout
    this album but all you Units fans shut down your
    etherdreamnet and embrace the Castle Face. Side B
    in particular is about riffage and roughage,
    although the closer woos some waveforms from
    Aaron Diko. There’s more on the first side, but
    they feel like sci-fi dressing for the rock and
    roll meat salad. Which is cool, garages housed
    bands long before and long after Apple/HP/etc. I
    liked the more cryptic lyrics on side A as well.
    “Sugi Walks” to a discombobulated beat quite
    nicely. Is Fire Hose SST approved or inclined? Tracks
    spin fast at 45. Super simple strong structure keeps
    things snappy. To me, cities have always ping ponged
    artists and the other undeserving underserved in and out.
    Rock and roll will never die, but neither will the bytes that
    hand feed us a growing portion of our daily I-xistence.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on March 14, 2014 at 6:59 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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