Snacktronica (Melody Lanes)

The Negatone 

Snacktronica (Melody Lanes)

They may make their living as assistants to Strokes producer Gordon Raphael, but brothers Jay and Justin Braun don't believe in taking their work home with them. Their band, the Negatones, is simply having too good a time to be confused with ye olde red-hot garage-rock pinups. And they're all over the place on Snacktronica. "Flattened by the Sun" juxtaposes spazzed, fried guitars, snaking bass and lounge-act verses with a bright, shooting chorus, and "Conflict Error" has a Tortoise-on-steroids pounce. "I Suspect There's More" melds hypnotic Morse-code pulses with narrow-eyed paranoia, and the wacky "Everything Oscillates" showcases the kitchen-sink fusillade of instruments the quartet can't resist deploying. Yet the title is all too appropriate -- the Negatones have served only a handful of compilation tracks, and Snacktronica clocks in at just under 11 minutes. It's way past time for the seven-year-old Negatones to whip up a real meal and put themselves on the map.

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