Ex-Models Zoo Psychology

[Frenchkiss; 2003]

Rating: 4/5

Styles: post-punk, indie rock, retro punk
Others: Brainiac, Enon, Les Savy Fav, Talking Heads

After their debut record, Other Mathematics, caused a worthy stir in the underground post-punk scene, New York's Ex-Models brought their Talking-Heads-played-at-the-wrong-speed sound to Les Savy Fav's Frenchkiss imprint, and this is what happened. Zoo Psychology sounds completely untouched by a producer, noisy and rough around the edges to a fault. After leading off with a series of almost completely abstract tunes, the 'Models work back towards the dancier sounds of their debut, chanelling Brainiac wonderfully on "Sex Automata", "Zoo Love" and "Hott 4 Discourse" in particular. The song titles are again wonderful ("Hey Boner!", "Brand New Panties", "Fuck to the Music"), and the inclusion of an unrecognizable cover (I guess) of the Rolling Stones' "Rip This Joint" serves to prove that the Ex-Models have a sense of humor. If the post-party-punk scene's been dead to you since Brainiac's Timmy Taylor passed away, this is your new favorite band.

1. Fuck to the Music
2. Intro
3. Pink Noise
4. Sex Automata
5. Hott 4 Discourse
6. Zoo Love
7. Oye Como Shah
8. What Is a Price
9. Brand New Panties
10. The Mystery of Brine
11. Hey Boner
12. Kool Killer
13. Rip This Joint
14. The Password Is Pelican
15. Three Weeks

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