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Boomkat Product Review:
Okay the whole band names thing really is getting out of hand now, you can all go back to being called 'The Something', it's cool, it really is. These long names just force me to either use an acronym (which irritates me) or write the whole thing out over and over (which also irritates me), but then again, if Please Step Out of the Vehicle have one thing going for them in the name stakes it's that there's no odd punctuation - result! Luckily for them I have to stop bitching right about now, because their album is really quite spiffing indeed, and even dare I say it a little original. Somewhere down the line this band decided it might be a good idea to embellish their art-rock sound (think Broken Social Scene, think Arcade Fire, think Neutral Milk Hotel...) with the characteristic blippery of the trusty Gameboy, and the resulting racket it really rather special. As crescendos are built and the whole thing threatens to get a bit too 'indie' we're reigned back into the world of the weird by a screeching 8-bit synthesizer sound or a pounding lo-fi drum pattern; I know this sounds a bit hard to take in (I wouldn't have believed it either) but it works surprisingly well. Instead of falling into the mire of copyist floppy haired indie boys, Please Step Out of the Vehicle have rustled together an album of great songs that reveal them to have an exciting and fresh voice, songs that I imagine would sound totally destructive live. Probably the finest moment for me is the utterly bonkers chip-pop bliss of 'Jellyfish as Fluxus Directory' which takes the Gameboy sounds to centre stage and builds the song over the top of some pre-sequenced beaty strangeness. It might not be what you expected to hear, but there's something good going on - I'm hardly surprised these guys come from the veritable musical breeding ground of Portland, Oregon. Check it.