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Ikara Colt: Basic InstructionsBasic Instructions (2003)
Reviewer Rating: 2
Contributed by: jonathanJonathan
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It's hard for me to even write this after seeing how many people are touting Ikara Colt as some revolutionary breed of "art-punk," in yet another meaningless sub-categorical classification. Let me make this easy. As much as I don't like resorting to "this band sounds like (xxx)," I can't really .
It's hard for me to even write this after seeing how many people are touting Ikara Colt as some revolutionary breed of "art-punk," in yet another meaningless sub-categorical classification.
Let me make this easy. As much as I don't like resorting to "this band sounds like (xxx)," I can't really figure out any other way to convey this message. Ikara Colt is a poor-man's Sonic Youth-more electronic but far, far, far less musically interesting.
Epitaph seems to be jumping on this trend of the next breakthrough sound in this (hardly) new era of rock-they got lucky with The Hives-a probable soon to be one-hit-wonder.
Ikara's Basic Instructions EP sounds exactly like their first full length, Chat and Business. There's some okay electronic beats, but overall, this band has nothing on Sonic Youth. Listen to "May B 1 Day" or "Panic", hell any of the five tracks-the source is blatant, embarrassingly so.
There's really no more needed to describe Ikara Colt. I could go into aurally explaining what's going on-but your time would be better spent listening to Daydream Nation.
As a Sonic Youth fan, I wasn't impressed by anything Ikara Colt had to offer on this EP (nor was I impressed by their full length). This is nothing revolutionary. This is nothing new. This art punk thing was nailed by Sonic Youth in the post-punk 80s. I'm just really tired of hearing this buzz, this faux revolutionary hype only to hear a sub par version of a once (or in this case, still) revolutionary band. Is music really this stagnant right now? This is regression, not progression.
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