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MakeUpBreakUp

Scents

(Cozy; US: 31 Aug 2010; UK: Import)

Since the band’s formation in 2007, MakeUpBreakUp, which hails from Providence, RI, has earned a reputation for being a wee bit obsessed with the 1980s. One can certainly imagine the bells of romance ringing betwixt Molly Ringwald and that dude who played Jake Ryan to the sound of the group’s updated version of Qwest Records synthpop—a sonic flavor that continues to evolve into its own unique mutant strain on the trio’s full-length debut, Scents. Across nine new cuts, MakeUpBreakUp employ more guitars and give songs like “My Way, to the Top” and “Better Days” a sense of grit its prior EPs never achieved. It’s a hint of what Duran Duran might have sounded like had they recorded for SST instead of Capitol Records.

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Ron Hart is currently enjoying his 11th year as a professional music journalist. In addition to PopMatters, he has also written for such publications as CMJ, Billboard.com, SPIN.com, The Village Voice, Gear, Paper, SHOUT NY, Paperthinwalls.com, Blender, Yellow Rat Bastard, Good Times, Paste, and Barnesandnoble.com among others. He is also the editor and publisher of the Interboro Rock Tribune, a free NYC music zine now in its 6th year in print. Please give us traffic on our website at http://www.irtmag.com.


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