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Album Review

Los Angeles Joy Division-obsessed duo She Wants Revenge blend electronic beats with goth pop misery on their self-titled Geffen debut. DJs Justin Warfield and Adam "Adam 12" Bravin may have crafted the post-punk equivalent of XTC alter-egos Dukes of Stratosphear's psychedelic rock tribute Chips from the Chocolate Fireball, but there is suspicion as to whether or not it was intentional. Like fellow reanimators Interpol, the Bravery, or even the mysterious Lansing-Dreiden, She Wants Revenge love early Depeche Mode, Bauhaus, and pre-Land of Rape and Honey Ministry, but what makes their impeccably crafted, highly listenable/danceable collection of angst so dubious is its utter duplicity. There's nothing wrong with honoring your influences by copping a few moves and singing in a fake British accent like Green Day with the intentions of updating a genre that many potential listeners are too young to have experienced first-hand, but it's another thing to do it without even the slightest deviation.

Customer Reviews

Open your history books to page ca. 1979

OK, I am guessing that everyone here thinks that these guys sound like Interpol because, well... they kindasorta do. BUT, also, and primarily, because you fail to hear the more obvious and immediate comparisons: Bauhaus and Joy Division/New Order (poor Ian Curtis). Basically, though, Interpol sounds like Bauhaus crossed with Television/The Stokes, so you'd be best just to compare the "new" band with the "original" band, not th two "new," but still sound-cribbing, bands (i.e., S.W.R and Interpol). Dap to those few who did already point out the Bauhaus/"Ian Curtis-esque" resemblance... it is unmistakable. So, that said... it is not bad for two bands to sound alike. There are simply not enough genres and musical note/instrument variation/voice type/subject matter/tempo change permutations to make everyone TOTALLY original. Most things probably have been done before, but most things suck, too, so you don't hear those things again... by anyone. These guys don't suck, just like the bands they've chosen to pay tribute to by "borrowing" their sound. It may not be quite as good/nostalgic as hearing "Crowds," "Ceremony," or the every ubiquitous "Bela Lugosi's Dead," and "Love Will Tear Us Apart" for the first (or 5,000th) time, but, hey... at least they don't sound like Fall Out Boy or (insert emo-punk band my sister likes here).

Sometimes derivative is GOOD

Critics and fans alike are quick to jump on comparisons. Some like bands that sound familiar, some don't. But often what is missed is the deeper impact of the music. Sure, She Wants Revenge is not the first band to pick up a synthesizer and mix sexual, religious and overall dark imagery into their lyrics...but they are the first in a long time to do it WELL. I feel like I am 13 again and have discovered Bauhaus and Depeche Mode all over again, and that is not a bad thing. "She's pretty and I like her but she's too well, 'cuz I need red flags and long nights and she can tell." How can you argue with that. Need a comparison to make it work for you? Take Interpol, shove them through The Cure's meatgrinder, add a little sexiness a la Depeche Mode, bring on the tormented souls of Peter Murphy and Ian Curtis and wrap it all up in two slightly odd-looking German dudes. This is She Wants Revenge. My vote for best '80s revival effort.

A Very Good Debut

She Wants Revenge Although quite a few reviewers have made comparisons between She Wants Revenge, Joy Division, Bauhaus, and Interpol, I have not heard enough of Bauhaus, and Joy Division to base my opinion on, so I will not involve them in this review. That being said I think Interpol is an amazing band, however the only real recurring similarities occur vocally. She Wants Revenge is much more like Depeche Mode then Interpol in song structure and style. This review is based on the CD version, which includes the song Cache. 1.Red Flags and Long Nights: This song is one of the few that could be mistaken for Interpol; the guitar sounds very much like Untitled (Interpol, Turn on the Bright Lights). A very good song. 2.These Things: The piano takes forefront on this song, and sounds very haunting. A good song however it is a bit repetitive. 3.I Don’t Wanna Fall In Love: A very fast paced song, a nice beat, but it is not as memorable as the other tracks. It almost sounds as if it once sounded different and then was remixed. If it were shorter it would have been better. 4.Out Of Control: A nicely paced song that has nice transitions, and is rather catchy. Very stylish. 5.Monologue: One of the best songs, it reminds me of Halo (Depeche Mode, Violator). It has a sinister sound to it, and the lyrics make it ideal to be a vampires theme song. 6.Broken Promises for Broken Hearts: Another good song directly after Monologue, Broken Promises picks up the pace quickly and efficiently. The lyrics are reminiscent of the Cure. 7.Sister: Another song which could be mistaken for Interpol. Good guitar, a nice beat and a fast bass line. A very good song with catchy, meaningful lyrics. 8.Disconnect: A rather boring instrumental that seems kind of pointless. It sounds like an old keyboard (which it probably is) playing the same notes over and over again. 9.Us: Very eighties. This song sounds very similar to Depeche Mode. There is not much to say about this song other than the fact that it is one of the slower songs. 10.Someone Must Get Hurt: A good song with a bit too long of a beginning. Very haunting, and the guitar is cool and dark. Vocally it sounds like Interpol, but once again the main song sounds like Depeche Mode. 11.Tear You Apart: The first song that I heard of She Wants Revenge. It immediately lured me to it because of it resemblance to Interpol. However it is one of the weaker songs on the album, as it is not as stylish as Broken Promises or Out Of Control. Also the cursing ruins the ride for me, as I can’t help but feel that the song would have been much better without it. It ends up sounding a bit immature. 12.She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not: The entire song reeks of the Cure, right down to the depressing feel and atmosphere of the song. It still is a very good song however. 13.Cache: The “hidden” song on the CD, my favorite song, starts of with very good piano which continues into the entire song and is later joined by guitar. It is an extremely sinister and stylish combination, the way it changes from piano straight into a really cool guitar riff. This is almost like Tear You Apart version 2. My favorite song on the album. This concludes my review of She Wants Revenge. I bought it and was very pleased with it. She Wants Revenge isn’t terribly original. If you like bands that sound like other bands you will like She Wants Revenge, but if you don’t you obviously won’t.

Biography

Formed: 2003 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Los Angeles DJs Justin Warfield and Adam "Adam 12" Bravin formed the moody, Joy Division-inspired She Wants Revenge in 2003. A fortuitous combination of word of mouth, industry connections, and airplay on Sirius Satellite Radio and West Coast airwave giant KCRW provided the duo with enough exposure to snag a record deal with Geffen, resulting in a 2006 self-titled release that drew comparisons to Interpol, early Depeche Mode, and the Bravery, as well as their aforementioned eternally depressed post-punk...
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