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New Team Robespierre MP3: “Billz”

By: Larry Fitzmaurice // June 5, 2008

Dance-rock and socio-political messages have been strange bedfellows since Gang of Four’s early 1980s heyday, and with Team Robespierre’s “Billz,” a tune of their just released EP Bad Habit, the unrest continues as the Brooklyn-based quintet offer a logical extension of Andy Gill’s capitalist-baiting tendencies.

Team Robespierre lift a page out of the Four’s playbook by chanting in unison, “There are things that I want / These are things that we need,” before finally admitting, “Good times cost too much.” The jarring shouts of “Who needs money?” that end the track might motivate you to start a riot; however, the 8-bit synths and steady drum work will keep your body on the dance floor.

Now Hear This: “Billz” (DOWNLOAD MP3) More on SPIN.com: Artist of the Day: Team Robespierre Breeders, Liars, Hold Steady for Brooklyn’s Pool Parties