Slave To The Square Wave - The Future Is Square

16 songs
57:31 minutes
***** ***


Slave To The Square Wave are a Canadian band and I was highly impressed by their gig at the 2003 edition of the Emergenza newcomer contest. Although they played several levels above their contenders, they only got classified at position 7 among 26 bands. The Future Is Square is their second CD and although it reflects the band's typical sound, STTSW are not able to reproduce the same energy on their record as on stage. They are a retro band stuck in the disco movements of the late 70s and early 80s. The first band which came into my mind to compare them to were Devo. Both bands have songs with strong funky and groovy touches, even if STTSW are using more electronic effects. Their hit single Baby Don't Like No Disco is a song which easily enters your mind and it contains some soul elements, too. Another highlight of this record is a typical STTSW-like cover version of Rush's classic Tom Sawyer. People who like Devo, Roxy Music, Talking Heads or the early recordings of Duran Duran and Red Hot Chili Peppers will adore these songs. The most theatrical song is Satellite where singer Colin Troy, who's a perfect show man, underlines his background as an actor. There are only two weaker tracks on the record: Polaroid which is too slow compared to the rest of the album, and Great Escape, a rock hymn which doesn't fit the band's style. But apart from that, the rest of the CD grooves a lot.

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