"Showtime at the Apocalypse" CD
Genres: electro new wave
4546 N. Damien #313
Chicago, IL 69618
Mar 31 - Apr 6 2003
is essentially the work of Emil Hyde on electronics, guitar,
and accordion and Nick Dye, with others helping out
occasionally on violin and other accompaniment. Their sound is an electronic new wave throwback that
is often silly and over the top. If you're up for lighthearted,
silly 80s mockery - and don't mind a few mediocre tracks here and there
- then Showtime at the Apocalypse could be for you.
The album's highpoint could very well be its last track,
"Radio Ghosts." Haunting and surprisingly accessible
(in an album that doesn't always take melody over outrageousness), it
is a beautiful little ditty that is hard not to like. The band
has taken the genre-hopping (and occasionally style-mocking) nature of
the electronic new wave sound and has put it to nice use on Apocalypse.
You've got metal and punk influences on the title-track and a
honky-tonk atmosphere on "The Last Man Alive on
Earth." "White Boys," meanwhile, is like a
demented rock opera tune, and "Shouldn't Be Dancing" is a
teasingly lame ABBA tribute.
All in all, Showtime at the Apocalypse is an enjoyable romp
that boasts some fun tunes and some really wacky melodies.
Though it isn't something that you become extremely passionate about,
at least it may bring a smile to your face whenever you hear it.
Fun Fact: The band have opened for
such other electropop acts as Soviet, I Am The World Trade Center,
and Stereo Total. MP3s from Showtime at the
Apocalypse are available here.
12 songs, distributed by the
label, released 2002]