Parts And Labour - Constant Future
Bands and people change.
These guys used to be pretty darn noisy, appropriately so for the Brooklyn scene – Oneida, Black Dice and so forth – they emerged from in the early part of last decade. Bands and people change though, often as a result of maturing. This appears to have happened to Parts & Labor on their fifth album proper. Their fizzy keyboards and Bob Mould-y vocals remain intact, but essentially this is conventional indie-rock: ‘A Thousand Roads’ has a frankly cornball anthem-ness beneath its clattery surface, and if rerecorded it could pass as an Arcade Fire song. Not that they’re terrible at that, but it’s slightly dispiriting.