Published Jul 07, 2008The post-post-punk movement is currently hanging on by a thread, as most of the artists that arrived on the scene during the massive buzz of 2001/2002 have either branched out with their sound or just hung up their stripey shirts. But like any good "scene," new bands are still hatching, using Gang of Four and Wire, PiL and the Slits as starting points, and then, surprisingly, still managing to create something new and refreshing from there.
A perfect example of this is London's Detachments, a three-man crew that expand their horizons beyond the expected sharp, angular riffs and pseudo-disco rhythms. What's most refreshing about this trio is that they sit at the DFA end of the post-punk spectrum, fusing nocturnal sides of electro and techno, as well as brooding industrial, into the more new wave-y pop song structures.
Debut single "Fear No Fear," which hits shops today in the UK via the This Is Not An Exit label, is one of my favourite singles of 2008 so far. With sinister techno tones and atonal off-notes, they certainly don't hide their love for confrontational industrial acts like Nitzer Ebb, Throbbing Gristle or Cabaret Voltaire. But anyone put off by those extreme comparisons fear not, Detachments aren't really a threatening bunch. The clapping programmed beats and live rhythm section, along with the hooky synth riff, complement the monotone, robotic vocals that make icy feel somewhat sexy.
A new album is expected sometime this year...
Detachments "Fear No Fear"