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AIRPORT 81: Put Your Squares Together

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jan 25 2006
Artist: AIRPORT 81
Title: Put Your Squares Together
Format: CD
Label: Breathing Room Records (@)
Rated: *****

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Airport 81 is a new band coming from San Diego. The trio is formed by A-Drive, Sneaky Pete and Tape and they sound is an hybrid of Gang Of Four, punk and arcade games. Tracks like the opening "Bonus Jack" or the following "Hectometre" sound like Pacman formed his own punk band. The bass guitar and the drums form the main structure of the song while the keyboard (that command a sample machine, I guess) spreads out noises, low-fi melodies, 8-bit samples of blasting bombs and so on. The result is really intriguing and while listening to it I hear echoes of Jesus Lizard and Slint but the samples make the tracks turn into something more personal. It's like a soundtrack for surf movies of the future, where the little aliens from Space Invaders are the main actors. The middle section of "Dequencer" remember me also early Gary Numan but at the end it turns into somethnig else. There are some moment where the sound turns experimental (like on "New Yoko") but after that the run to the sea made out of transistors starts again. Vocals are rare but you don't need them, there's so much to listen to that you won't notice. Amazing! You should check this out definitely...