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Frausdots

Frausdots: Couture, Couture, CoutureCouture, Couture, Couture (2004)
Sub Pop Records

Reviewer Rating: 2.5


Contributed by: JesseJesse
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Hey, remember the 80s? The neon day-glo t-shirts? Chunky bracelets? The side-ponytail? The lightning stripes? How about Duran Duran and that whole decadent nightlife culture? Frausdots do. And I'm not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing. In general, I think bands that emulate a time period t.
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Hey, remember the 80s? The neon day-glo t-shirts? Chunky bracelets? The side-ponytail? The lightning stripes? How about Duran Duran and that whole decadent nightlife culture? Frausdots do. And I'm not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing. In general, I think bands that emulate a time period that they're not a part of is dumb. But hey, whatevs.

The brainchild of Brent Rademacher and Michelle Loiselle, Frausdots features help from members of the Cure, Warlocks, the Tyde, Rooney, Mia Doit Todd and Brian Jonestown Massacre. I totally lifted that from the press sheet, but I figured some of you care. So there it is. Yup.

Sure, it's catchy at times. And there is some interesting things done here musically, but to be all 80s, they use weird analog to digital transfer of recording, and the production is crap. And for the type of music they're playing (fashion-oriented pop-rock with hints of electronica), they really are one of those bands that could use slick production. And I think the record suffers greatly because of that. It sounds too much like some people recorded it in a basement, which works if your band's name is "Youth Revolution!" or "Angry Angst Squad!" but when you're a throwback 80s band, you should really embrace modern technology.

The opening track, "Dead Wrong," opens with a tribute to America's "Horse With No Name." Fitting, since this record is supposed to incorporate the "big blur between drugs, music and fashion in the city..." (quote from Rademacher himself). To be honest, when I want to listen to drug music, I'll just turn on the Stooges or the ODB, a-thank you very much. That being said, "Dead Wrong" seems to be the only track on here that grabs my attention. It's a bit more spacey and out there where everything else is a bit more straightforward indie-rock oriented. I guess in my mind, if you're going to have a throwback 80s band, you either better be dancey, or sound like Depeche Mode. "Current Bedding" seems like a valiant effort to fulfill the dance quality that I'm longing for, but it peters out after a promising introduction. The closer, "Tomorrow's Sky," closes out the record the way "Dead Wrong" started it ‚?? dancey and poppy and interesting.

But other than that, there's a lot of filler on this record. 'Nuff said.

 


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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
Anonymous (January 24, 2005)

I dont like Wolf eyes, but everyone seems to jock the shit out of them. *sigh* I guess i will never understand some things.

-!Greenvandal!

ThriveToFailure (January 24, 2005)

Thanks for the recommendations - I wasn't dissing SubPop, it was a genuine question.

Anonymous (January 23, 2005)

Sunny Day Real Estate was Sub Pop's best band of all time.

-Chinatown

Jesse (January 23, 2005)

Comets on Fire, Iron and Wine, Constantines, Wolf Eyes, David Cross‚?¶all are amazing groups. Sub Pop is really an awesome label.

ThriveToFailure (January 23, 2005)

Is there anything reallyoutstanding on Sub Pop these days?

Anonymous (January 23, 2005)

Freaaaaaaky cover.

-Chinatown

Anonymous (January 22, 2005)

tomfoolery?

maverick (January 22, 2005)

I listened to this record a bunch, and all I could think of after each listen was, "Well, that was nice." Your review is pretty much spot-on.

-Scott

Jesse (January 22, 2005)

It was a better record. It deserved an actual review. Like I'm going to be an ass ALL the time, sheesh. I've written tons of thoughtful reviews, it's just no one pays any attention to them.

greg0rb (January 21, 2005)

Good review, Jesse. It has enough of your patented tomfoolery, and is also very well thought out and explains the music more than you do sometimes. Not be an ass, but yknow. I'm saying I like it.
-Greg

Anonymous (January 21, 2005)

lost me at whatevs

Jesse (January 21, 2005)

You're a review of Napoleon Dynamite!

TahoeJeff (January 21, 2005)

Kirby, I just saw a commercial for Kidz Bop 7. When's the review coming?

Anonymous (January 21, 2005)

Is that opening paragraph a review for Napoleon Dynamite?

- Kirby

Anonymous (January 21, 2005)

That "hey, remember the 80s" line reminded me of Goat Boy.

TahoeJeff (January 21, 2005)

WTF?! These guys are so not Bolton!!!

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