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Intro5pect: Record ProfitsRecord Profits (2009)
Geykido Comet Records

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Back in 1999, the Faint had recently begun their transformation from a Braid-influenced post-punk band to an electronic-leaning dance-punk group, !!! had been tinkering around and releasing singles, and Big Audio Dynamite's foray into techno-punk was over a decade in the past. But no act had success.
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Back in 1999, the Faint had recently begun their transformation from a Braid-influenced post-punk band to an electronic-leaning dance-punk group, !!! had been tinkering around and releasing singles, and Big Audio Dynamite's foray into techno-punk was over a decade in the past. But no act had successfully blended the tenacity and politics of punk rock with the programmed beats and synthesizers of electronic RPM until Intro5pect debuted on the fledgling GC Records with their Education 7-inch. After high-profile tours with the likes of Dead to Me, Citizen Fish and Leftover Crack, a full-length on A-F Records and an EP on Blacknoise with Stza Crack, Intro5pect returns to where it all started with Record Profits.

The seven-song EP gets going with what is likely to be one of the catchiest non-Orgcore songs of the year, "Work to Live." The choppy `77 guitars are layered alongside 8-bit synths, blipping and bleeping over a driving digital rhythm. "Fuck Your Flag" smacks of a poppier Anti-Flag with male and female vocals, much like "Sound Is the Enemy," a riff-heavy choral manifesto propelled forward by a breakneck beat, save for the chunky call-and-response breakdown that takes up the middle.

The band really hits their stride by the time "Collateral" comes around, thick with a rolling bassline and flittering percussion and made memorable with a booming chorus and sound bite collage that seems to take aim at every president since the invention of the microphone. "The System" is fairly baldfaced politically, with a chorus of "Fuck the system / Fuck the system / Fuck the system / Tear it down" but blends in some nice synth work, while "Turnaround" is the disc's most straightforward punk number. Keyboardist Sara Zaidi takes charge of "Plastic World," both vocally and instrumentally, as the Metroid-styled keys rise to dominance when she's not singing about feeling constrained by the status quo -- er rather, not caring about feeling constrained by the status quo.

Intro5pect are in fine form on Record Profits, having finally figured out how to diversify their sound while still creating a patently individual style. The seven songs of Record Profits hurl forth with dizzying ferocity and don't let up while showcasing the seamless blend of electronic dance music and digital punk that has become Intro5pect's calling card.

 

 
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itsAgiftANDaCURSE (September 3, 2009)

This isn't as good as their last cd but it's still much better than most of the crap out there today.

I don't know why they had to put out another EP. They kept saying they were doing a full length album but I guess that didn't materialize. If this was 2002 they'd already be signed by a major label.....or at least a major indie like Epitaph or Fat.

GlassPipeMurder (August 31, 2009)

"baldfaced" is a nice way of saying the lyrics are godawful.

nah. bald-faced (bld'fāst')
adj.

1. Brash; undisguised

hamonrye (August 31, 2009)

"baldfaced" is a nice way of saying the lyrics are godawful.

i hate every single motherfucking one of these crack head bands.

DreeeamWeaver (August 30, 2009)

man this shit is fucking awful. can a brother get some adam duritz in this bitch?

KevinH (August 29, 2009)

I'll hold off on rating the music until I've heard it, but I have to say that I'm quite glad that this band has added a bit more subtlety and creativity to their political dissent, what with the thought-provoking lyrical genius of "fuck the system."

xIxKilledxJesusx (August 29, 2009)

this band keeps getting better... amazing live show too.. would take this over some trashy beard band anyday

theautumnpeople (August 29, 2009)

I saw them with LoC & Citizen Fish last year - they totally pull it off live. I'd never heard of them & after the show I was a big fan. This EP is good, but I don't care for it as much as Realpolitik!

GlassPipeMurder (August 29, 2009)

Really dig this. Probably will make my year end list. They just need to tour more.

I would love to see them live. From what I've heard, they pull it off pretty well.

dlangl4 (August 28, 2009)

Fuck I can't wait to hear this.

ExtraCheesePizza (August 28, 2009)

Really dig this. Probably will make my year end list. They just need to tour more.

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