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Album Review

The Static Age dig deeply into their stash of new wave idioms for 2006's derivative but evocative sophomore album, Blank Screens. The Cure, Ultravox, New Order, even the Police, have recognizable idiosyncrasies pilfered, hopped up, and cleverly re-imagined by the album's nine tracks with truly shameless poker faces. Let's see: there's "The Bluebird Room" (Tears for Fears), "Lights in the Attic" (think a tepid '80s Peter Gabriel), "Count the Dead" (not a bad U2 karaoke), and then they really cross the line with bass-heavy numbers like the title track and "Skyscrapers," where one can almost see Robert Smith reaching for his lawyer's phone number! Best of all, though, is when they splice the Cure with Rush (!!!) for the album standout "Marilyn" — a stunt so over-the-top brazen that plagiarism finally does feel like too strong a word. And, come to think of it, by hook or by crook, the fact is the Static Age do possess rather good songwriting instincts, revisionist though they might be. So if you can leave your memories at the door and forgive their trespassing ways, don't be surprised if you find yourself humming along to Blank Screens like a familiar old favorite.

Customer Reviews

This record is the best of 2006.

Blank Screens is amazing. The Static Age play music that brings together shoegazer like MyBloodyValentine and Slowdive and combine it with The Clash and The Police. The result is a powerful, amazing, beautiful, exciting record. Get this new.

Something different yet so familiar

Ah, something different. Feels like a merge between the Postal Service, the Cure, and Coldplay and the result is fantastic. Skyscrapers, Trauma, and Cherry Red are certainly worth a look.


Absolutely amazing! Very excited to hear new music from the band. Have been anxiously awaiting this release for some time now. Love the drummer...prefect match, brings new life to the group. Can't wait to see this explode!


Formed: 2001 in Burlington, VT

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Holding their first practice in late 2001, the Static Age were formed by longtime friends Andrew Paley (lead vocals/guitar), Adam Meilleur (bass), and Bobby Hackney (drums). They had all played in various punk and hardcore outfits over the years — Paley and Meilleur most notably in River City Rebels — but upon teaming up with Marie Whiteford (keyboards) as sophomores in college, they looked to do something new. Sounding nothing like the Misfits' album of the same name, the Static Age...
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