Friday, December 18, 2015
Another great Miscalculations album!
Kill The Whole Cast, like its two predecessors, is like sci-fi noir cinema set to music - evoking visions of cold concrete urban wastelands and the unmentionable horrors lurking around every corner. Miscalculations' music remains the stuff of contradictions: abrasive yet overtly melodic, bleak yet highly addictive, horrifying yet beautifully poetic. For the most part, these songs sound like vintage Miscalculations. Tracks like "The Worst Possible Advice", "Broken Skin", and "Organ Donor" walk a fine line between '77 punk and dark new wave. You'll be whistling those melodies to yourself before the disturbing nature of the lyrics completely sinks in! Elsewhere, the band dives fully into synth-pop territory with creepy numbers like "The Same Needle", "Metamorphosis", and the pitch-black "Born Blind".
Miscalculations continue to be the rare post-punk band that's just as much "punk" as it is "post". They've managed to build on their original vision without losing the plot, and clearly they've been on a creative hot streak that has allowed them to generate all of this fantastic music in such a short period of time. Kill The Whole Cast is the band's best album yet - and certainly a fine place to start if you don't yet own anything by Miscalculations. From now until the end of December, it's a free download over at the group's Bandcamp!