"The Law of Fives"
Genres: electro pop, indie rock
Oct 25 - 31 2004
It's tough to synopsize Bicycle,Tricycle. An unusual
collective of electronic and pop musicians, they feature a wildly
rotating line-up and a distinct love of weird, almost novelty-based
electro-rock. The entity known as "Bohb" seems
to be the band's principal songwriter and singer, and his alleged
"genius" seems to lend itself to the type of ironic worship
popularized by The Church of the Sub-Genius.
Despite Bicycle, Tricycle's confused mix of styles
and influences, their songs are surprisingly cohesive and, as a
result, solidly successful. "You Better Beware" is a
fine example - it's a silly little pop song, for sure, but multiple
listens reveal an intriguingly infectious piece of music. Hear
it three times, and it will be stuck in your head for good.
Opener "Bad Luck (to be superstitious)" is also successful,
relying on a funky, repeated base groove and a nice, singalong
chorus. "Chipping" also makes for an appealingly
addictive listen; it combines alt. rock accessibility with the band's
eclectic uniqueness. "It's Not Making Sense," on the
other hand, seems to lack direction or any sort of melodic
consistency, while "Unhealthy" is bland and dryly uncatchy.
The Law of Fives is an inconsistent EP - only three of the
five tracks are successful. However, Bicycle, Tricycle's
talent is quite evident in these three songs; at the very least, this
band has hinted at a promising future for their wily antics. I'd
love to hear how their debut full-length turns out.
5 tracks, distributed by the
label, released 2003]