Boomkat Product Review:
Night School boss Michael Kasparis embraces divinity and ugliness on 'Prisoners of Love and Hate', tracking through pop history with a brace of mutant bangers that reference AFX, Whigfield, Erasure, Bruce Springsteen and Thin Lizzy. Mad.
Whether you like 'Prisoners of Love and Hate' or not, it's hard to deny its ambition. Kasparis is a lover of energetic pop music in all its forms, and he takes a trash-bag of Now That's What I Call Music classics here, cross breeding them into punky, tongue-in-cheek mutants. There's the Whigfield-referencing, hard dance-flecked EBM opener 'Saturday Night, Still Breathing', 'Rely On Me', that Kasparis explains is '80s Mute synth pop, or Erasure fronted by Bruce Springsteen, and the wiggly, AFX-inspired 'Spit Pit', and that's just the first three tracks.
After a brief diversion with the beachy, electro-samba inspired 'Nothing But Perfect', 'Summer of '03' provides the album's most chaotic mix, bending pop trance into donk - honestly though, without the vocal it'd be a perfectly respectable donk track. Kasparis references Shalamar's 'I Can Make You Feel Good' on 'Feel Good (You Can Make Me)', closing an eccentric run with rattly breaks and tinny synths. At least he's having fun.