Boredom and Terror / Let's Toil by The Intelligence

These lo-fi indie rockers look like they've just stepped out of a Wes Andersen set; in actuality, though, Back in 2004, the Intelligence made this record of lo-fi indie pop that spits itself out the way Robert Pollard spews nonsense for Guided by Voices. 'Boredom and Terror' is full of thrown off vocals, momentary lapses in guitar riffage and rock steady drum beats played way too loud in the mix. The result is throwback indie rock to the days when you just started playing and hoped a song came out at the end -- on 'Boredom and Terror', they usually get lucky, making irresistible garage rock tunes that recall 90s indie rock and Devo in equal measure, as well as the newer guitar rock ripping of Tony Molina.

Vinyl Double LP £27.99 ITR263

Remastered gatefold 2LP on In The Red.

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Boredom and Terror / Let's Toil by The Intelligence
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9/10 Mike 18 September 2014

The Intelligence's near-perfect 'Everybody's Got It Easy But Me' was my joint-favourite record of 2012, and the sometimes-prolific band have been quiet since, so when I heard they had a double-LP on the way I got pretty excited. Turns out it's actually a reissue of their first album 'Boredom and Terror', along with an LP of the bonus CD 'Let's Toil' that came with it. I guess I'll have to wait a little longer for a new album, but on the plus side these were previously the hardest Intelligence recordings to track down so it's great to see them back in print.

It's a great collection, too! At this foetal stage of the band's development, they were just one man - A Frames drummer Lars Finberg - recording on an eight track, but the seeds of greatness are already apparent here, with awkward pop songs wheezing out in lo-fi synth and drum machine automaton punk and crunchy treble-heavy garage noise with crunchingly distorted live drums. In terms of the band's back catalogue I'd put it in the same bracket as 2009's 'Fake Surfers' - heavy on pop hooks but offset by gnarly experimental textures - but with more traces of Finberg's former band still evident in the intricate robotic rhythms and warped Devo-inspired delivery. I think on the more synthy songs like 'Spellers and Counters' and 'The Universe' it sounds quite a lot like Servotron. Not enough bands sound like Servotron. In conclusion this debut still sounds amazing but when can we have a new album, Lars?



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