'Funky Was the State of Affairs' arrives on August 7 via Hardly Art
Jason Kelly and Andrew Savage met in Texas. They live in Brooklyn. Good luck guessing either solely on the basis of the mischievous noise-pop duo's invigorating new song "No Parties." From upcoming "concept album" Funky Was the State of Affairs (due out August 7 on Hardly Art), this dryly funny, motorik-locked synth-pop track has a wiry, nervy feel that evokes old-school Devo — except with a vaguely British-sounding accent. Fergus & Geronimo: the new Fujiya & Miyagi? "It kinda bums me out inside / The life that you avoid," one of the guys Anglo-deadpans here, before a whirligig, circus-ready chorus about "no laughing, no dancing," and mindless consumption. It's a characteristically wry, not-at-all-bumming-out preview of the follow-up to last year's likeably wiseass debut album Unlearn.