Pop, rock, and art songs about discordant living, misrepresentation, life, afterlife, love, and love "after hours". Scandalous. Undeniably catchy songs with incredible production, arrangements, champion crooning, and a host of extras. "They sound like Pere Ubu meets Belfegore meets The Tar Babies meets a way less chilly Notwist with a smidge of Metric thrown in"--Jane.
TVOTR is a highly original group from Brooklyn, NY characterized by vocals that range from crazily high-pitched to group chanting and a pop-based sound thats rampantly experimental but always melodic. Unlike their school-of-78-in-04 peers such as the Rapture
, TVOTRs music is as rooted in blues, free jazz and gospel as it is the post-punk canon
or contemporary electronic music. This makes Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes
far more interesting, naturally; the purely vocal "Ambulance" is novel and exciting as anything by Björk
, Spongehead Experience
or Pere Ubu
. With lyrics that impressively, and un-preachingly, tackle issues of race and war, this finalist for 2004s Shortlist Competition easily ranks among the best albums of that year. --Mike McGonigal