Polysics - Hey! Bob! My Friend!
Asian Man Records
There is so much energy in what this band is doing, it's almost exhausting
to listen to this whole album straight through. This is loud volume punk pop
madness, starring Kraftwerk, Devo, and Man or Astroman?. And it's seemingly
from JAPAN! Inside the record sleeve are photos of the band dressed up in
Devo-like outfits in front of various monuments of commerce -- they are
obviously very stoked about technology, and they channel this fervor through
this LOUD FAST and CHAOTIC rock. Man or Astroman? could only wish they could
mesh electronics & surf rock the way these weirdos have done it. But it's
obvious where this band's main focus lies -- most songs start out with the
drum machine and random bleeps and bloops, but then in comes the raucous
guitar to harmonize perfectly. And just wait til the lyrics come in. It's
almost like Devo, extremely energetic Devo, or maybe even David Byrne on a
Don't get this album to find elaborate messages on the state of romance
today, to hear those calming words you've been waiting on to ease your heart.
Rather, buy this album to find out what it's like to have a hyperactive
behavior disorder. Absolute madness.
And even though it would turn any small inkling of a headache into a nuclear
explosion, there's definitely appeal to the Polysics ... maybe no other band
can really keep their rock together steadily with synthesizers, drum
machines and quirkiness, or maybe it's the tightness with which the Polysics can do
This is punk Japanese math-rock playing Gameboy on a steady dose of uppers.
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