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.
There's been some actual news this week. The Movielifereformed, Fightstarreturned from hiatus, and then there was Emoji Artworks. But sadly, today is our last #notthenews round-up of 2014. Try to hold back those tears while we recap all of this week's nonsense.