Thursday, August 7, 2008

Late of the Pier - Fantasy Black Channel





Dance punk has been dominating the indie music world for years now. Neon colored slim fit electro seems to be the reining choice among underground teens. But nothing like Fantasy Black Channel, Late of the Pier's debut album, has ever spawned before. Never have i seen such...profession in this genre. They, are coming for you, and they brought nothing but their best.
Their debut album kicks off with the goblet-raising riffs of "Hot Tent Blues", a short introduction that leads to the first full track "Broken." LOTP so wonderfully flirts with the line between electronic and hard rock. This is portrayed in the ninth track entitled "Focker", which starts with heavy guitar, then suddenly is backed by dance beats and synths. This satisfying collaboration is a daring move, something that I never thought could happen and be so addicting.
Late of the Pier's long time praised tracks, "Space and the Woods" and "Bathroom Gurgle" are also featured on the album. However, you can notice the talent that the group has gained since the first release of both singles. Zarcorp Demo, LOTP's first musical debut, featured both songs. They were great then, but they have matured since. On newly recorded versions of the two, you can really notice the heart put into the music. There is more guitar, the synth seems darker, and the drums get serious. This band knows what they are doing.
The noted "single" (although all tracks truly are single worthy) is called "Heartbeat", a shortened title from Zarcorp's "Heartbeat, Flicker, Line." This is the song that Eastgate, frontman, really proves to the music world that Late of the Pier are ready for the fame that they deserve. His voice hurts you, and then he suddenly manages to heal you. His lyrics are funny, and yet they are meaningful. He toys with the minds of fans, not letting them know his true feelings. (Which shows his feelings, if that makes sense.)
Other noteworthy tracks are "The Bears are Coming: and "Mad Dogs and Englishmen", which show listeners just how creative Late of the Pier can get. (Example: "The Bears are Coming" features such ridiculous percussion as pill bottles and dinnerware.)
Late of the Pier not only reinvented a genre that Klaxons semi-created, but they perfected it.

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