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For Dummies by Proto Idiot
Daft punk pop with a xxx twist
For Dummies, the new album by Proto Idiot is an absolute hoot. A blast. A blast of wonky guitars and fuzzy vocals. Its an album that positions itself as an ode to 60s garage and the British invasion, but the breakneck speed of these recordings and the general pent up aggression actually give it more of a modern feel. Though the band make a big deal of their "stupid"/"idiot" vibe, there certainly seems to be a lot more bubbling under the surface, but you get the idea. This is a band that can sweep you away from a boring day in a boring job in a stupid country and take you to the land of I-don't-give-a-fuck. "Try Failing" is perhaps the perfect example of this vibe, a rallying cry for the slacker generation or a scathing look at modern life and relationships? Who knows... The only thing you know for sure is that the songs are punchy, instantly gratifying and rather great.
"Razor's Edge" - Fast paced, sleazy fuzz-box pop - the sound of Proto Idiot in a nutty shell.