Thursday, December 1, 2011

Artist review: 28-200

28-200 -- Gunfire of Angels [EP]
by Jeanie Straub

It is forever difficult to follow true excellence with true excellence, but the two behind the Denver-based alt-rock band 28-200 (pronounced twenty eight to two hundred) have managed to make it look easy with Gunfire of Angels, the follow-up EP to their self-titled EP (2006) and their debut album, Video Games & Popsicle Sticks (late 2009). The title track “Gunfire of Angels” is a surefire standout here, but from the first track, “To Be True,” you instantly are sucked in by the phenomenal vocals of Aimee and the brash guitar moves of Mister L. Aimee’s voice is reminiscent of a softer Hazel O’Connor but mostly sounds like a modernized Siouxsie Sioux; the whole EP has a decidedly ‘80s British feel to it, even though it sounds like it was made today. 28-200 formed in 2005 and consists solely of Mister L (guitar, bass, vox) and Aimee (vox, drums, “other”). These tracks rely on “distorted guitars, synthetic instrumentation, and ethereal vocals to meld genres ranging from punk to new wave to garage rock,” according to the band. (I would also categorize it as “dark pop” but it is true that this CD is a blessing for fans of post-modern punk / 2012 new wave.) They also have some extremely cool / memorable lyrics (“She’s going to show you where your ass is when she blasts you in the face”), and the whole CD makes you want to move. This is one to download and loop. Available on itunes, etc.

Label: GoGirls Elite /

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