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Album Review

Does It Offend You, Yeah? wield their synths like rock stars — but, for that matter, they wield their guitars and cowbells like rock stars, too. The Reading quartet's debut album, You Have No Idea What You're Getting Yourself Into, has no problems synthesizing (so to speak) dance music and rock; of course, it's hardly incompatible for a great dance album to also be a great rock album. Comparisons ranging from !!! to Klaxons to A Flock of Seagulls are all apt, since the group doesn't spend much time forging its own identity before branching out into everything from new wave to synth pop to organ-driven surf rock. The first few tracks could all be show openers, from the squelchy "Battle Royale" to the single "We Are Rockstars," a distorted and, yes, cowbell-laden statement of purpose. From there, things get really interesting, beginning with the above-average synth pop homage "Dawn of the Dead" and the frenetic "Doomed Now," a new wave exercise that builds intensity as its robot vocals go on. "Let's Make Out" manages to be both faithful and prurient, summoning the same disco-punk spirits as !!! at their best (even while the title is shouted continuously throughout each chorus). It's easy to tell why Does It Offend You, Yeah? have earned such praise as a live act from the energy and intensity heard on these recordings (drummer Rob Bloomfield makes a difference, providing everything a good rock band needs). At their peak, they strike the right balance between the mature, assured Simian Mobile Disco or Vitalic and younger upstarts like New Young Pony Club. And despite relying on too many tricks from the Daft Punk playbook, they prove there's more up their sleeve than just vocoders.

Customer Reviews

grea great great new stuff

If anyone else like me has been getting bored with music these days then this is an album for you. This is great stuff if you like Justice, Daft Punk, with what sounds to me a little Killeresque (especially on Being Bad Feels Good). Battle Royale is one of my favorites off the album and Dawn of the Dead is a great kinda electro ballady type song. Overall this album is a great experience of new music and for this price its unbelievable.

This album is the sickness!

I listened to this album on a whim and I am so glad I did. The band blends an almost comical take on instrumental music [i.e. "Attack ... Lesbian Octopus" and "Weird Science"] with thoughtful lyrics and intricate melodies ["Epic Last Song"]. I'm amazed at how quickly the arists jump from raw sounding vocal ["Let's Make Out"] to a more mellow tone. Loads of awesome synth is used, but not to an effect that it sounds like it was processed in a lab. For sure check out "Dawn of the Dead" and/or "Being Bad Feels Pretty Good" if you want a quick listen.

I have Fallen in Love!!!!

Well When I went to the Bloc Party Concert on Monday (Huge Fan) I got more than I bargained for when I heard these guys open for them....OMG I rocked out like never before, man I barely had enough energy for the main attraction!!! These Guys are amazing live!!! Their album is just as great!!! I heard someone compare them as a mix between Bloc Party and NIN. I definately agree that is exactly what they sound like. If you dont jam to this, you dont have a pulse =D

Biography

Formed: Reading, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

An electronic-based rock band from Reading and London, Does It Offend You, Yeah? made a mark with their raucous live shows and high-energy music that drew comparisons to !!!, LCD Soundsystem, and Digitalism. The band signed to Virgin and released its first album, You Have No Idea What You're Getting Yourself Into, in 2008. (The album included a free digital download for the Live @ the Fez EP.) Members Rob Bloomfield (drums), Dan Coop (synth), Morgan Quaintance (vocals, synth, guitar), and James Rushent...
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