Gogogo Airheart

ExitheUXA

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With dub beats, insane funk, and kooky lounge, San Diego's Gogogo Airheart joins the ranks of 2002's disco punk revivalists: Erase Errata, Numbers, Whirlwind Heat, Radio 4, the Rapture, and Pixeltan. Combining a thrift-store aesthetic with an art punk attitude, Exitheuxa evokes everything from Gang of Four to Public Image Ltd. to the Talking Heads. Gogogo Airheart is less danceable than Radio 4 and more accessible than Erase Errata, laying down experimental grooves like the twisted, late-'70s vibe of "Sincerely P.S." Throughout the album, singer Michael Vermillion's voice warbles, trembles, and whines like a kinder, gentler John Lydon. The music seems boundless in approach, with off-kilter melodies, changing tempos, and zigzagging rhythms, but when it comes down to it, the strongest tracks are the most straightforward, including the old-school rock & roll of the raucous cut "Sit and Stare" and the scrappy punk of "Mifi."

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