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The Detachment Kit may not be the perfect band, but this solid debut evidences more than enough hard rocking power to justify any of their shortcomings. Jumping between sung and spoken lyrics in a style similar to and as rambunctious as labelmates Les Savy Fav, the group also injects some style all their own that gives them a sparkling sense of originality. The Detachment Kit come fairly close to maintaining a solid level of ongoing excitability and only slack off to tease the listener with some overplayed emo-styled riffs on a few occasions before stumbling back into their demanding and hard-edged attack. Even when They Raging, Quiet Army delves off into experimental territory, the band still creates unexpectedly memorable grooves or subtle buildups before crashing back into the more explosive moments of payoff. During the robotic musical wanderings of "Sitting Still Talking About Jets" or the driving guitar rock sounds that propel "11.22.63" there are quite a few segments that are deserving of any listener's full attention. The Detachment Kit have the makings of a fine live act, complete with musical and lyrical surprises, a knack for memorable songwriting, and an incredibly energetic presence that transfers well onto their debut recording, so it's probably worth checking them out if you find yourself on the quest for new and slightly maniacal rock. ~ Peter J. D'Angelo, Rovi


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Chicago do-it-yourselfers Detachment Kit scraped together some money to record their full-length debut, which, appropriately enough, was released on the Self-Starter Foundation of New York. Label owner Chris Newmyer had already been wowed by the group's demo, which was later released as the vinyl EP Attack on Bright America. Detachment Kit's similarity to another Self-Starter group, Les Savy Fav, probably didn't hurt, though the influence of old punk acts like Wire and Gang of Four gave them a fresh...
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