Enon 2002 is John Schmersal(Brainiac). Toko Yasuda(Blonde Redhead, TheLapse) and Matt Schultz(Let's Crash). Enon combine rock and roll, dance and pop to create some surprisingly catchy, melodic rock anthems for the world of tomorrow.
John Schmersal (ex-Brainiac
) has upped the ante on the punk rock-synthesizer urgency captured on Enon's innovative debut, Believo!
Now with Toko Yasuda (ex-Blonde Redhead
) on bass and vocals, High Society
's a more varied experiment. Sometimes it pays off quite well--"Window Display," "Disposable Parts," and "Old Dominion"--but the difference between the Yasuda-Schmersal songs is jarring at first. Which isn't such a bad thing--Yasuda's light and innocently girly backup vocals are perfect on "Natural Disasters," and on the riot-inciting, unruly "Salty," the two share more, making it likely that by their next release, the rough edges will be smoothed out.
Like Guided by Voices' Pollard, Schmersal's a prolific pop scientist, but more experimental. Enon mix scathing guitar riffs with well-placed distortion, electronic ephemera, and a Beatles-esque sense of melody. Still, through these 15 tracks, you'll also hear Devo via Ray Davies, Television via Thurston Moore , and Cheap Trick as interpreted by Big Black. If High Society were split into two albums, they'd both be more memorable. Still, as the cover art suggests, what could be more defining for our millennial angst than everything-but-the-kitchen-sink, perfectly confected Prozac nation noise-pop, especially when it sounds this good? --Cyndi Elliott