Saturday, May 2, 2009

EZ Basic - Hocus Focus

From the first notes of Hungarian band EZ Basic's “Hocus Focus” you know what you're going to get — pure, unadulterated new wave. Although they don't specifically mention these bands as influences, I'm going to surmise they're fans of New Order, Duran Duran and A Flock of Seagulls. They might even be fans of Franz Ferdinand or The Futureheads.

EZ Basic does site Bauhaus, My Bloody Valentine, Interpol and Phil Spektor... and there is a distinct “wall of sound” to some of these tracks. You will find yourself bobbing your head along to these songs.

“Nice1” opens the album with Simon LeBon vocals. “Plot Hole” has a very Seagulls-esque intro. Dancy Franz Ferdinand choruses are throughout, accompanied by that familiar humming guitar and steady drum beat.

This is a very enjoyable listen and is recommended for fans of new wave, synthpop and just about anything in between.

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