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Modern Day Urban Barbarians

"The Endless Retreat" CD

Public Eyesore

Genres: garage rock, indie rock, punk

Bryan Day / PE
3803 S 25th St.
Omaha, NE 68107

Feb 2 - 8 2004

Armed with bass, drums, and Devin Zor-Ton's suitably barbaric vocals, the Modern Day Urban Barbarians have crafted The Endless Retreat as an attack on unprepared ears.  The album is a powerful barrage of aggressive garage-esque energy and noisy, explosive chaos.  Its garage rock sound is far from White Stripes / Hives territory, so fear not - MDUB have far more in common with early, primitive rock groups like The Sonics et al than any recent bands.

The Endless Retreat's main problem is its lack of melody.  It sounds like the band is trying to make their sound somewhat accessible, but it isn't working.  This album survives more as a record of pure energy - something you pull out when you want to rock out and spasm, but not something for everyday listening.

With that said, The Endless Retreat can be a lot of fun.  The best song is undoubtedly the last, "Statement," an eight minute plus scorcher packed with groovy riffs and punk-esque vocals.  Think Liars and Lou Reed blended together and served up whipped.  By the end of it your brain will be fried, which very well could be the reason it was tagged onto the end of the disc.  "TV," the first track, is another good one, in all its punk-powered sonic carnage.  And the intergalactic space-punk number "Outer Space" is also quite enjoyable, in all its bizarre experimentation.

The Endless Retreat is worth picking up if you're into really energetic, 'different' rock music.  BUYER BEWARE: Play this shit loud.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 9 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2003]