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Album Review

When the Yeah Yeah Yeahs first appeared on the indie rock scene, much was made of their stylistic connections to the New York no wave scene of the late 1970s, which were tenuous at best and based mostly on the fact that at some angles, Karen O looks kinda sorta like Lydia Lunch a little bit, maybe. As a result, even when more recent bands have exhibited a notable no wave influence — Deerhoof, for example — many critics have resisted using the tag. But in the case of Child Bite, echoes of acts like DNA and James Chance & the Contortions are so clear that it's hard not to make the comparison. Child Bite aren't merely aping the sounds of flinty noise bands past, but synthesizing several different strains of noise into something new. At times the influences are blatantly obvious: "Gudavia" sounds like nothing so much as an atypically funky track by San Francisco noise-rock godfathers the Residents, complete with their trademark squelchy synth sounds and weirdly childlike melodies, and there are sections of the closing "Body Buddies" that recall vintage Pere Ubu, right down to an uncanny re-creation of David Thomas' hiccuppy vocals. But most of the time, Child Bite fuse their more outré tendencies to rubbery, muscular new wave funk rhythms somewhere between Gang of Four and Pylon, creating a tougher-sounding and less shamefully retro version of the contemporary new wave revival on tracks like the howling "Don't Do What Your Body Tells You to Do" and the hugely danceable first single "I Like Friends."


Formed: 2005 in Ferndale, MI

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The brainchild of Ferndale, Michigan graphic designer Shawn Knight, Child Bite is a hardcore punk/art rock band fueled by tension. Like an aggressive, modern take on Pere Ubu, Knight doesn't sing as much as he yelps, flails, and shouts. Also featuring lead guitarist Zach Norton, bassist Sean Clancy, and drummer Danny Sperry, Child Bite formed in 2005 and became a cult staple in and around Detroit due to their wild shows and relentless promotion. After two full-lengths (Wild Feast in 2006 and Gold...
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