Initially released as a self-titled EP by the tiny imprint Smallstone in mid-2002, Death Via Satellite finds theSTART regrouped and ready for a new beginning. Signed to Nitro in late 2003, this mini-package doesn't differ from the original except for the foxy artwork. It's a great start for those unfamiliar with the Los Angeles band's intoxicating punky dance sound while also being a must-have for completists. The band's 2001 new wave blast debut, Shakedown!, left fans hungry for more, so this six-song mini-album is a treat. Elements of the Cure and Depeche Mode are obvious throughout, especially on the goth-driven swan song "Trinity." One can notice that the band is sticking with its formulaic dance-punk without getting monotonous. Frontwoman Aimee Echo is vocally sharp and stylish, almost a match for Lene Lovich on tracks like "Death Via Satellite" and the ballsy "Big Shot."
Death Via Satellite Review
by MacKenzie Wilson