The opening for “Surf” does not sound like its title genre, but rather of a spontaneous type of noise-rock that is not necessarily borne out by the music present on the track. In fact, the incredibly quick bass lines during the track give the song an incredible amount of harmony. The track eventually gets off of its trackos and the resulting chaos brings the previously mentioned bout of noise into the mix. The surf-like drumming that ends off surf is probably the only referent to the style on the track, and it does not try to convert the rest of the music with its own style. The fury of the guitar during the ending of “Surf” may have the general speed of surf rock down but comes from a completely different tradition.
Coming with a different tradition of their own for “Don’t Send Me Home”, New Electric look towards bands like Interpol for primary influence. There still is the same devotion to an emotive of fitting bass line for the track, but on this go-around the band seems more concerned with coming up with a musical narrative. There is really no need for a vocalist on New Electric’s music because of the rich sound that the band brings forth with every song on this self-titled EP. The atmospheric sounds present on “Don’t Send Me Home” really allows listeners to stick with the track for its entire six-minute run. Like a new version of Guns’N’Roses’ “Estranged”, the guitar rapidly picks up steam and delivers home the final blow.
Of particular importance on the track is Liam’s drums, which do actually a little more than anyone else on the track in terms of agenda and time setting. New Electric calls this work an EP, but at twenty minutes the band has committed more to disc than some bands do over the course on an entire career. One has to sit and listen to the band; New Electric’s glory is simply not osmotic in the sense that someone can get the band just listening to them while doing chores or the like. Each of the track is nothing less than a Tom Stoppard play, full of interesting and neurotic characters; one may honestly be scared when the band chimes in with “One, Two” during the earlier part of “Banarchy”. The disc is well worth any price the record label could charge for four tracks; look for a bull-length here soon.
Top Track: Banarchy
New Electric – S/T / 2005 The Perpetual Motion Machine / 4 Tracks / http://www.newelectricband.com / http://www.theperpetualmotionmachine.com / Reviewed 14 December 2005