"A new day is dawning," vocalist Paul Resende chants on "City of Glass," and it feels more like a warning than a celebration. Ikara Colt calls for complete artistic upheaval, and Chat and Business is the band's manifesto, serving notice to icons of everything from boring pop music to bourgeois art. The London-based quartet doesn't bludgeon the listener with three-chord rants and anarchist rhetoric; this is minimalist art-college punk in the tradition of Wire and the Fall.
But don't get too attached. Band members have told the British press that any group that exceeds a five-year shelf life should be taken out and shot. Don't expect IC to wear out its welcome; the band has said its desire is to incite kids to pick up guitars and trump it at its own game. Any takers?