Killjoy Confetti

The Fun Is

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Killjoy Confetti are an all-woman indie rock band from Muncie, IN, and they tend toward the more avant-garde, sometimes slightly atonal side of things. This album, their debut, often sounds like it could have cropped up somewhere in the mid- to late '80s, when all types of groups were ranging about for sounds that broke the constraints of melodic sensibility (early Sonic Youth, Minutemen). Killjoy Confetti also have a joyful sense of barely held together competence (more Velvet Underground than Shaggs, thankfully) in their playing that works for them. Nevertheless, all of the imperfections of this band work and don't seem hip or calculated on this album. The standout track is the sinuous "Neer Neer," with its infectious guitar line and angular groove. Meanwhile, "My Lip Is Bleeding, But I Am Fine" finishes out with several disintegrating, skronked-out guitar scrambles that would do both early Pavement and early Sonic Youth proud. With this track and others, The Fun Is also sounds like an album that could have just as easily come out during the '80s heyday of the southeastern U.S. (Athens, GA, or "the Triangle" of North Carolina). It's obtuse, groovy, and otherworldly. This is a creative and inspired effort that is both forward-thinking and past-echoing.

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