Team Robespierre

Steven Horowitz

Who? This Brooklyn-bred five-piece -- Rex (guitar), Ty(keys/vocals), Tomasz (keys/vocals), Mike (bass), and Jim (drums) --began their dance-punk assault in winter 2005. Since issuing theirself-released split EP with Albany, New York-based punks Brevator in2006, Team Robespierre have been a touring machine, having shared thestage with the likes of the High Places and Yeasayer. The band'selectro-charged studio full-length, Everything's Perfect arrives Jan. 22. via the Impose label.

What's the Deal? On Everything's Perfect,thrashing electric riffs and shouty vocals chase buzzing synths beatsfor a riotous dance-punk hybrid. With only two of ten songs clocking inpast the two-minute mark, Team Robespierre churn out brash anthemspotent enough to inject any party atmosphere with plenty of adrenaline,even if the album only lasts for a raucous 18 minutes. The group keepsit gritty on the chant-ridden "Solid Gold," coming off as a morepolished version of the DeathSet, while the punchy noise of "DeathSmells" echoes Parts and Labor's crossbreeding of ethereal synths withrapid-fire rhythms.

Fun Fact: Prior to deliveringtheir crunch-tastic dance-punk threads under the Team Robespierremoniker, the band honed their rhyming skills as a Grandmaster Flashcover band.

Now Hear This:
Team Robespierre - "88th Precinct" DOWNLOAD MP3

On the Web:
Team Robespierre at MySpace

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