Videohippos Unbeast the Leash

Videohippos Unbeast the Leash
Judging by their moniker, album title, artwork, music and, well, you name it, really, Baltimore’s Videohippos aren’t designed to make you think. They’re designed to make you cut loose, let your pants drop and act all dumb and shit. Or at least that’s what they want you to think. Part of the same B-more crew as Dan Deacon (their current tour-mate), Ponytail and Ecstatic Sunshine, Videohippos tackle indie rock with harebrained experiments, offbeat arrangements and oddly enough, a sizeable amount of pop hooks. But Unbeast the Leash is misleading in its dumbed down antics; it features carefully measured timing, genre crossovers and did I mention the hooks? Everything is calculated brilliantly by the tag team of Kevin O’meare (drums/keys/vocals) and Jim Triplett (guitar/vocals/keys). Yes, somehow they pull off this kaleidoscopic mind melding experiment with only four hands. They sample Flipper the dolphin, not to mention the "bouncing” sound effect and even call on what sounds like The Simpsons’ Happy Little Elves for a vocal turn. Nothing can be ruled out with these guys; they play everything from Trans Am-brand math rock (though more like from the third grade) to NES videogame music to "happycore,” though that only applies to the brilliantly twisted "Sick Dolphin.” In fact, the whole damn thing is brilliantly twisted. They’ve got to slay live, I just know it. (Monitor)