Sunday, March 13, 2011


In the summer or fall of 2005 United State of Electronica (better known as U.S.E.) rolled into Cleveland's Beachland Tavern. They sort of took over the place -- with their opener of choice, Seattle's The Sleepers, and a merch table sponsored by KEXP, a Seattle mecca of indie rock.

I had been bumpin this album for a few months in my iPod. Songs included "It Is On!", "Emerald City" and "Open Your Eyes" -- they were punk, indie but retro, glam but genuine, indie with a sound that booms to stadiums. Cathy, a collecrive tightly knit with a neon-tinged yarn. Adorable -- the two guitarist, the two broads, the robot crooner and the beat man -- playing to a huge beat that doesn't indulge in drum machines and plays a mean snare/high-hat combo. Cosmic. A Daft Punk lovechild? All band members hyped in a hype-drug induced anthemic sex pots while clean R&B guitars take things to epic heights -- all resulting in one party them one right after another.

Well, they seem to be back in the news -- some six years later -- with the recently released "Dance With Me," a joint-shaking, over-the-top epic anthem for a generation perhaps we have yet to see. I'm talking about in the future where robot crooners broadcast to masses of rainbow-clad aliens across the universe.

Make-Out Music is VERY excited for LP2.

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