I Am the World Trade Center

With Paper Lions and Charolastra. Thursday, April 15, at the Beachland Ballroom.

Jägermeister Tour, with Slipknot, Fear Factory, Chimaira, and 40 Below Summer Tower City Amphitheater, 352 Canal Road, the Flats 7 p.m. Saturday, April 17, $24.50 advance, $26 day of show, 216-241-5555
I Am The World Trade Center
I Am The World Trade Center
I Am the World Trade Center makes another declarative statement with the forthcoming The Cover Up: The adorable electropop duo has called it quits. Oddly enough, the new material seems more carefree and danceable than releases they recorded as a romantic couple.

Dan Geller, who handles the beats and hooks, says the breakup actually makes it a little easier for the two to get along, now that there is less at stake. That's not to say that the lyrics aren't expressive of the problems they had. Amy Dykes plaintively sings, "The things you say and the things you do are never the same." Yet there isn't really a sad moment on the entire CD; the lyrics simply humanize their laptop-oriented harmonics.

Besides, the music is too damn bouncy. Having always been intent on making audiences shake it, World Trade has now left behind any hint of indie-rock flavor and thrown open the doors to clubland. "We were trying to make a record that had the energy and production of our live show," Geller says. He has gone out on the dance floor in the middle of shows while fans went onstage. But what's most satisfying to him is "when the crowd is so into their dancing that they forget there is a band playing and basically become a part of the show." Maybe before anyone goes losing themselves in World Trade's sexy beats, they ought to find a dance partner. Especially if the newly unattached perform "No Expectations," which boasts such lyrics as "If you're looking for a good time, call me tonight/If you have expectations, don't call me." After that song, we're all certain to be scoping the sweat-glistening, disco-dancing crowd for robobabes.

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