The Austerity Program

Backsliders and Apostates Will Burn

by Chris Colgan

11 July 2010

 
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The Austerity Program

Backsliders and Apostates Will Burn

(Hydra Head)
US: 4 May 2010
UK: 10 May 2010

The Austerity Program is a two-piece punk band with a drum machine. In punk, there’s taking a minimalist approach, and then there’s being two-piece punk band with a drum machine. To call The Austerity Program “punk” is stretching it, because the sound has very little in common with most punk music. Backsliders and Apostates Will Burn continues TAP’s trend of naming songs with numbers, but that’s one of the few interesting things you’ll get with this EP. For a group that uses a drum machine, the drums rarely do anything other than hold the rhythm perfectly. Justin Foley’s compositions indicate that he thinks dragging, uninspired, and choppy are equivalent to progressive and avant-garde. There are some bright spots scattered throughout “Song 26”, but overall, the lyrics are the only intriguing and worthwhile part of this EP, and even they barely save this from being a total disaster.

Backsliders and Apostates Will Burn

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