Genres: dance punk, indie rock
It's always hard to describe an album like
DraculaZombieUSA's self-titled debut. Sure, elements of their
music are comparable to all sorts of bands, including subjects like
LCD Soundsystem, The Fall, Gang Wizard, and
everything in between. It would be more fitting, however, to describe
DZUSA as yelling verbal scattergories over fast-paced,
spasmodic rhythms, unpredictable synths, and jerky guitar playing.
Rarely are these songs overtly melodic, instead opting for a more
rhythm-based dance-punk formula; this style is only really changed up
for "Thomas Window Paine," a surprisingly infectious, jerky pop song
so likeable you might cry a little. The more typical "I Like The Snow"
serves as a nice introduction to the DZUSA sound; a jumpity
beat sets the tone for a bouncy, bumpy dance rocker with confident,
almost spoken vocals that give off a slightly Pixies-esque
vibe. Perhaps it's "So Far That I Even Saw The Beginning Of The
Universe," however, that truly takes the album's cake; at seven
minutes, it's a colossal beast of a song, combining DZUSA's
trademark theatrics with a lovely and infectious guitar part. The
perfect combination between dance-punk and pop accessibility. Thank
you, DraculaZombieUSA, for a thoroughly enjoyable debut.
[Vitals: 7 tracks, distributed by
the label, released 2005]