Say Hello to Artificial GreyMusic • CD
Indie • Post Punk
02/06/2011, Jeremy Thomas
The chiming guitars that open "Let's Shake Hands and Wonder" just can't seem to decide if they belong to The Smiths or to Interpol.
"Say Hello to Artificial Grey" is the first full length offering by Leipzig trio Monozid. Think of The Sound meets Gang Of Four meets Sonic Youth they say of themselves. Which sums up "property and satisfaction" quite well - the tunes, the angular urgency, the intense guitars.
Franz is just as comfortable in English as he is in German, though they also include instrumental tracks like "The Shape of Things to Come", which sounds a bit like a long Chameleons intro that never quite resolves itself into song.
On "Supergrau", they very much sound like they are a great live act, which should come as no surprise, as they do tour quite extensively. The recording really does capture the excitement of the band very well (yes, I have seen them). Some of the tracks do feel a little bit unfinished, but given that it was probably made for slightly less that Interpol's doughnut budget, the overall quality of this album is remarkable.
The very least you must do as an indie/post-punk fan is to give these charming, hardworking and totally independent and self reliant Germans 3 minutes of your precious time. Listen to the excellent "Waiting For The Circus", or "Zum Beispiel Gestern" if you're a Germanophile.
The album, and a good few extra Monozid goodies are available for free download from Bandcamp.
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QLUSTER • Fragen
SHOULD • Like a fire without sound
HERPES • Symptome und beschwerden
MIST • House
RISK RISK • This is 1983
ZERO A.D. • All my beliefs
COMBAT VOICE • Mons, The Dark Cat | 30/05/2011 | The return of great Belgian EBM
THE BOXER REBELLION • The cold still
RASALHAGUE • Rage inside the window
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FEWS • Means
DIIV • Is The Is Are
B BOYS • No Worry No Mind EP
SUNFLOWER BEAN • Human Ceremony
PROTOMARTYR • The Agent Intellect
MOTH • First Second
ORANJ SON • Psycho Disco Face
THE GARDEN • Haha
BLINDNESS • Wrapped In Plastic
THE UNDERGROUND YOUTH • Haunted
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LISA MORGENSTERN • Chameleon
L7 • Scatter The Rats
VARIOUS ARTISTS • DARKSIDE OF THE CON III
TINY FIGHTER • Tell Me
DRAGON WELDING • Dragon Welding
ERNEST MOON • Ba-Jesus
THE REACTION • The World Cup Of Lies EP
WE ARE TEMPORARY • Embers
KASPER HATE • Why Live When You Can Rule
SPARE SNARE • Unicorn
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VEIL OF LIGHT • Inflict
WHERE WE SLEEP • The Desert
SUBMOTILE • Ghosts Fade On Skylines
THE MEMBRANES • What Nature Gives… Nature Takes Away
UNDERTHESKIN • Negative
JESUS LIVES IN VEGAS • Jesus Lives In Vegas
FONTAINES D.C • Dogrel
FAUST PROJECT • Somewhere between the shadows there’s a place called us
DAVID J • Thoughts And Prayers
XTC • What Do You Call That Noise?