Modern Day Urban Barbarians
"The Endless Retreat" CD
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
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
The Endless Retreat is worth picking up if you're into
really energetic, 'different' rock music. BUYER BEWARE: Play
this shit loud.
[Vitals: 9 tracks, distributed by the
label, released 2003]