Non-Stop Je Te Plie En Deux
By: Eric Greenwood
Ahh, dance punk- the music of the future of the past that's presently inescapable and instantly recognizable, even with shrill electronic noises trying to pull your ears away from the obvious trend. Montreal's We Are Wolves infuse the ubiquitous robotic high-hat beat with garbled, mechanized garage rawk that's not so easy on the ears. And you certainly can't dance to it. Devolution, indeed. The electronic bits are deliberately dated like mussed up hair on a hipster who pretends not to care. Shouted, distorted vocals with no discernable melody occasionally distract from the syncopated clamor that sounds like some sort of cyber-punk army brigade or just bad techno. "T.R.O.U.B.L.E." leans in the direction of something as pedestrian as structure, replete with a fuzzy bass line that almost meanders into a melody, but it sounds more like The Hives struggling with their English. Oh, but they're from Montreal, so they're bilingual. Funny, since the song titles read like a bad babelfish translation. Go figure. I guess nonsense is better than no sense at all.