New Bloods The Secret Life

New Bloods The Secret Life
Following the long-running wave of modern dance-punk bands come yet another: New Bloods. Yet unlike most groups who like funk in their punk, the Portland-based all-girl trio avoid the increasingly tired angular guitar-based school of thought in favour of a more soul-based one, drawing on artists such as ESG, the Raincoats and Arthur Russell. It’s a tactic that’s good in theory but in New Bloods’ case, a bit flawed in practice. While the band’s tribal-tinged drums, groove-heavy bass and scratching, in-your-face violin prove to be an interesting sonic setup, it only occasionally makes you want to get up and shake it during the group’s debut, The Secret Life. The structures are a bit too rough and the vocals a bit too grating, often lacking the spirit-lifting hooks needed to inspire any real movement. And with 11 songs in 23 minutes, even if you do fall into a groove, The Secret Life doesn’t give you much time on the dance floor. (Kill Rock Stars)