Madison post-punk band Therapy Drones celebrates the release of its debut album. Info
Madison trio Therapy Drones will play this show to mark the release of a new, self-titled album that explores a few shades of gloomy but catchy post-punk. Pseudonymous band members Primo G (guitar, vocals), Mike the Human (drums, vocals), and Educational Davis (bass, vocals) stick mostly to a sparse approach here, letting vocal reverb and clean-toned, heavily chorused guitars flesh out the space around the vocal melodies. Those melodies are strong enough to carry the glimmering dream-pop of "Breeze," the rumbling angst of "The Land Of The Living," and the New Order-evoking playfulness of "Gone."
The album wallows pretty contentedly in the shadows of some pretty clear influences—including The Cure, Human League, and Joy Division—but it captures plenty of the gothy romance those names would make you hope for. The songwriting craft is there, and so are signs that Therapy Drones can develop a distinctive voice on their own. "Carry Me Forth" kicks off with a grandiose synth intro and plunges into a deliciously sweet darkness, propelled on tense hi-hats and Davis' aching vocals. Plus there are a couple of left turns, namely the oddball surf-rock of "The Town, The Country, And The Vague Ocean" and the industrial-tinged screams of "Long Live The New Flesh." —Scott Gordon