“Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Go Back In The Water”
God knows what I’ll do when Halloween comes around because like Fetch The Witches before them tonight’s featured band Halloween Swim Team is another I was going to bring you as part of a Halloween themed special who are too good to keep under wraps until then.
The LA based synth trio have their feet firmly on terra firma but their sound is beamed direct from another planet. Slotting the band into a neat little category is almost impossible. While they clearly have a foot in the electronic camp with more than a nod to OMD, Dalek I Love You, Kraftwerk and Hot Chip they’re not afraid to absorb influences as diverse as Devo, The Flaming Lips and The Beastie Boys. The brilliant Country First is a frightening, dystopean mix of Kraftwerk on steroids and The Beastie Boys. It’s stormed onto the shortlist for Devil tracks of the year. The almost as brilliant Pitch Black sounds like the Doors played on a stylophone.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water here come the Halloween Swim Team. -Paul Kerr