Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It

Electrelane 

The Power Out

Wednesday, Sep 15 2004
Comments
Alert the pretension police, get out the Sartre Memorial Billy Clubs, load up the hogwashed paddy wagon: Electrelane's second album, The Power Out, has artsy-fartsy nightmare written all over it. On the disc, the Brighton quartet sings in Spanish, German, and French; swipes lyrics from a sonnet by Juan Boscón; takes a line from happy-go-lucky philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche; and borrows a choir to sing passages from anti-war poet Siegfried Sassoon. And yet, the British group's lurching, throbbing juggernaut of guitar, drums, and organ (cribbed from post-punky vets like the Slits, the Raincoats, and Stereolab) is so euphoric that it overcomes such grad-school proclivities. Like a forbidden love that dares speak its name, Electrelane's music is brazen and bold, risking abuse with hearty laughter.

About The Author

Dan Strachota

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Slideshows

  • Slipknot at Concord Pavillion
    Slipknot, and Lamb of God performed at the Concord Pavillion on Wednesday, August 26, as part of the Summer's Last Stand Tour. Photographs by Richard Haick.
  • Eat Drink SF
    Photographs by Michael Hendrickson.

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed
  1. Most Popular