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Boomkat Product Review:
With many people still raw from the Fischerspooner related Electroclash debacle of a few years back, Chicks On Speed seem to have sensed that now is the time to move away from the City Rocker watermarks of their previous two albums and instead go crate digging for their old Sonic Youth and Au Pairs records. Still as unashamedly gobby as ever, the Chicks turn their sloganeering to a range of topics on 'Press the Spacebar' which happily juxtaposes the day to day travails of suburbia with America's current foreign policy manouvers and somehow comes off without sounding vacuous. Album opener 'The Household Song' immediately indicates how far they have moved from their trademark electro-template, instead preferring to set a irony laced dissertation on the joys of housework ("I love sewing, it really gives me thrills...") to a jaunty update of New Orleans shuffleboard blues. Chicks on Speed have always displayed their love of punk, but whereas it was once predominantly manifested through their attitude, it has now seeped deep into their musical water-table, with the Germanic stomp of 'Mitte Bitte' covered in The Slits fingerprints. Similarily, 'Class War' is a 4 minute obdurate cacophony of nosebleed inducing knotty punk stylings which sets out to highlight the disparities between US foreign and domestic policy through a set of riot sloganeering that, whilst not pretty, is searingly effective. The production skills of intricate genius Cristain Vogel mean that they are not entirely stripped of digital machinations, most notibly on the electro treated Liquid Liquid post-funk of 'Madalyn Albrights Answer' which brings to mind the recent excursions of Cobra Killer. Messy as f*ck!