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- R.I.P. by The USA Is A Monster
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USA Is A Monster have always being a curious and enjoyable entity so I'm sad to hear that 'R.I.P' will be their final outing. Thankfully it's a triumphant winner of an LP that both justifies and celebrates and the journey USAIAM have taken through the dirges of the universal punk rock underground. Now, I wasn't aware that USAIAM are/were now a four piece with the line-up being completed by Maxx Katz (keys, vocals & Flute) and Peter Schuette (keys). They also have a whole host of guest buddies making their presence known, including our pal Matt Mottel (of Talibam!) providing guest synths on track six (no titles I'm afraid... fucking scary tune though). If you are familiar with the USAIAM sound then you'll have some idea of what to expect from 'R.I.P' (prog power, heavy bits, stoner bits, psych bits etc) but this time around they've upped the melodic quota and introduced elements that remind me of They Might Be Giants, well... the Linnell songs anyway. The opening track is a fine example of power prog-pop and it's littered with fantastic phrases and sweet riffs throughout. It may be my favourite USAIAM tune ever so that's a good start. From there it continues on it's quest to amuse and amaze with it's dexterous riffage, complex yet fun arrangements and almost operatically confident vocal performances. There's also some kick-ass space synth moments and some freaky improv type stuff, the icing on the cake as it were. It's gonna be sad to see these lads depart the atlas of rock (or dismount the giant turtle of rock... which ever suits you best) but I'm sure you'll agree it's been a hell of ride. Thanks lads. Love you. x On a side note, I can't wait to get home and listen to The Breeders.
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