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Put the Rifle Down

Selector

(Summer Lovers; US: 18 Mar 2010; UK: 18 Mar 2010)

I defy you to find out what you can about the ‘80s reminiscent synth-pop Canadian quartet Put the Rifle Down. Their website is rather elusive, offering tidbits of information and Soundcloud music players featuring their most recent tracks, but there is no solid biography until you tap into their Myspace or Facebook pages.


Selector is their debut, and it is sure to be a preamble to a vast repertoire. On first listen, Selector sounds like a product of the ‘80s. One has to remind oneself that they are indeed a recent band and they are not some gentrified super-band featuring Robert Smith, backed by members of New Order and Depeche Mode. The striking resemblances are, at times, disconcerting. Are they trying to be an ‘80s band? Are they riddled in ‘80s mimicry, or are they just a really cool band, harking back to the magnificent heyday of synth-pop? It’s unclear. However, even though the nostalgia is rampant throughout Selector, it comes as a welcome inclusion into the vast abyss of indie pop that resembles earlier genre styles, but never quite takes that full dive into them—I’m looking at you Passion Pit and MGMT. Put the Rifle Down isn’t afraid to bring back the late ‘80s and early ‘90s of indie rock, and I applaud them for it.

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Enio is an MA graduate in Music Sociology who has written his thesis on the cultural regulation of Jamaican dancehall music by the Stop Murder Music campaign. He was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, and has an honours BA degree from the University of Toronto in Equity Studies and Sociology. Enio enjoys understanding the cultural implications of music and how music reinforces cultural identity.


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