Trenchmouth CD review [Thick]

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Trenchmouth CD review [Thick]
Mar 4, 2003, 05:38


Everyone's talking about the “new” disco-punk these days, as if Gang of Four were the last band before 2001 to fuse dance music with the punk instinct. Perhaps, in the wake of far, far, far too many lame-ass indie navel-gazers, our faulty collective memory can be forgiven. But what are groups like Fugazi, NoMeansNo, Nation of Ulysses, Fishbone, and—perhaps less famous but no less funky—Trenchmouth if not post-punk dance bands? More Motion, an overdue retrospective collecting songs from the quartet's out-of-print albums, will force you to agree. Wayne Montana's basslines jump between ladder-climbing funk workouts and skanking dub, while drummer Fred Armisen's restless cymbal hits are aimed directly at your hips. Chris DeZutter plays guitar like Andy Gill auditioning for Parliament. And Damon Locks' vox are equal parts inflamed rabble-rouser and R&B smoovie, hot to win you over no matter what. Sum effect: irresistable movement. Granted, in these days of intentionally degraded fidelity, More Motion does sound a bit slick, more buffed than buff. But then dance music always does, eh? [Thick]

-J Graham

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