The dance-punk movement has received plenty of flak since its resurgence at the turn of this nascent century. Part of the problem is that it's easy to make this kind of music ... poorly. The mild successes of bands like Radio 4 and the Rapture have inspired countless others to pick up guitars and drum machines and ape Gang of Four's herky-jerky rhythms. Haters also find fuel in the core vapidity of dance-punk offshoots. The electroclash trend stalled in its uninspired hipster observations on nightlife and social interactions presented as party jams. The main blemish, though, is the carbon-copy formula that media-hungry artists from emo to electro employ: angular guitars + disco beats = dance-punk! Is it... More >>>