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Castle Face time! Here's the debut LP by San Francisco's POW!, a short but sweet 45rpm statement of intent. The formula is simple - scrappy lo-fi garage tones and a primitivist kind of automaton rock which reminds of early Devo and some of those post-Devo robot rock bands like Servotron and the A Frames. The trio's guitar, drums and keys line-up means the lack of bass can give it a brittle, scrappy feel which is reminding me of Total Control, and on songs like '66' they even head into a Lantern-ish '70s glam chug.
I'm only on my second run through this record but I'm enjoying it immensely; it's certainly got a lot of life left before I start getting sick of it, or even feel like I've fully got to grips with it. With their mixture of sloppy experimentalism and leanly arranged fun, they're kind of like The Intelligence, except it's like humanity and robots are at war with one another and POW! are rebel punk robots who have defected and are fighting on the side of the humans. Okay I was probably closer with the Devo/A Frames/Servotron comparison at the start of this review. What I'm trying to say is this is a very good and you should listen to it.
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