Sure, there's lots of kids copying Devo and Kraftwerk these days, but none have done it as brain-blowingly well as this Japanese crew. Unlike domestic indie rockers who make devolution sound like a formulaic theory, the Polysics lob a pipe bomb into their museum exhibit. The energy is miles high, with analog synths stabbing two-chord guitar riffs, robotic vocals, and pounding rock beats underlaid with electro blips. Hints of the Ramones' bop to glitch techno to every futuristic pop maneuver in between get a chance to leap to center stage. Yeah, singer Hayashi's squeaky screeches get annoying, and the sheer spazzyness of it all is not for the headache-prone, but the Polysics know just when to switch from future-shock treatment to quirky pop and right back to blast again. In any event, it's all impressive comic-book stuff.
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