Friday, November 20, 2009
RED WIRE BLACK WIRE Play Bushwick On Saturday
By David Teller, contributor
The opening track on Red Wire Black Wire's debut LP, Robots and Roses, roars with driving, definitive synth lines and pulsating guitar riffs that immediately put this band on the strong list of Brooklyn electro-pop indie bands. What makes RWBW stand out? Front-man Doug Walter puts his own spin on this genre by adding a tone of bodymovin melancholy with his crooning, often ironic vocals. Doug does a damn good job of reminding us that while at times we all may be pretty miserable in New York, we might as well dance it off. On track after track of danceable electronics and back-up vocals about broken relationships and alcohol, Doug shows his excitable fustration with lyrics like, "I'm breathing fire and you're cold." While successfully keeping up the tempo, your feet wont stop moving. On standout track "Tentacles", RWBW show a deeper human composition, proving that even dance machines (and apparently octopuses) wake up, hung over in graveyards while howling over orchestral accompaniment. There are some serious crowd pleasers on this record. Fans of The Killers' 80's synth-pop, razorblades and dance floors should keep an ear open for this Brooklyn baby-boomer. This is seriously good pop music. I wouldn't be surprised if I woke up to obvious singles "Reverse Tinman" and "Compass" on media outlets such as KEXP and XMU in the next couple of months.
Red Wire Black Wire will be playing Starr Space in Bushwick tomorrow, November 21st with The Binary Marketing Show, Indoors/Outdoors and DJ Matthew Radune. $6/9pm
Check out this Red Wire Black Wire performance and interview, shot at Death By Audio in Williamsburg...
Red Wire Black Wire from Ray Concepcioñ on Vimeo.