Just seconds into Cool Deviceâ€™s self-titled debut, through the blistering gnash of distorted chords, its clear front man/guitarist Jason Frederick has some demons to exercise. You canâ€™t blame the guy; the whole reason he started Cool Devices was a reaction to news that his old Columbus, OH-based group The Means were getting back together without him. Now based in Chicago, Frederickâ€™ new band Cool Devices manages to rip through seven post punk-fused, garage rockers with the intensity of rabid raccoons. The result, though a bit repetitive by the last couple of takes, is admirable in its intensity, both sonically and with Fredrickâ€™s vocals. The album opener, â€œ(This is Not a) White Worldâ€ shows the band at its best, with sharp lyrics and a fantastic rhythm section backing up the rants. The recordâ€™s swan song, the aptly-titled five minute â€œSomeone Stop Them,â€ is about one song too late.
Top track: â€œ(This is Not a) White Worldâ€
Rating: 7 out of 10
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Cool Devices â€“ Self-titled/CD/2009/7 tracks/Power Recordings/www.myspace.com/wethemeans