Frontman Eddie Argos testifies loudly, like a karaoke drunk with a head cold, but his stories always sing, and his frisky band of London pros never fail to fire up the precise boilerplate punk riff to roil the plot.
Heterocetera is packed with writhing climaxes and blistering comedowns that leave you gasping without ever being able to forget who is behind them.
Even at five tracks, Heterocetera is a strong, visceral electronic record that maintains its ambition and intensity from beginning to end.
Heterocetera might not be a happy recording, but that’s what makes the five-track collection so ambitious.
Heterocetera is more than a worthy successor to Damsel in Distress -- it's some of Lotic's most exciting music.
Foil Deer isn’t an easy listen but it is a compelling one.
Growing pains haunt some of the deeper cuts, stalling on mid-tempo attempts at maturation that, while admirable, don’t further their songwriting craft in the way they would have hoped.
It’s not to say that English Graffiti is musically incompetent, though their impulse to borrow eighties nostalgia is more akin to that of perusing your relative’s baby boomer collection instead of following your cool uncle’s guidance.
Although Visions feels too light (but not lightweight) to indicate intentions on Boucher's part to create a record of capital-S Significance, ignoring Visions' considerable weight as a fully formed work of art discredits her achievement.
It sounds pretty much the same as Bang Bang, but not as good. It's not that the record is "bad" -- it isn't -- but that it, like its title suggests, is less brash, less fuck-all incautious about its rocking.