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Electric Laser People

Straight Talk on Raising Kids

(Self-Released; US: 12 Jun 2007; UK: Unavailable)

Needs New Batteries

Electric Laser People has an egghead pedigree: vocalist Dan Paluska, guitarist Grant Kirstofek and drummer Clark Kemp all hold degrees from MIT, and one of Paluska’s robotic creations was featured on the cover of Juan Maclean’s debut album for DFA Records. Why do you need to know all of this? Because it’s about the only thing worth mentioning about Electric Laser People. Truth be told, the band isn’t half band. The production leans heavy towards electro-pop territory, and Kemp creates simple yet catchy drumbeats for the band to work off of. Unfortunately, Paluska’s painfully weak lyricism destroys any potential the band has. The horny schoolboy lament “TYCO (Take Your Clothes Off)” almost passes as a joke, but said joke is only funny for a single minute—not four.  “Realhiphop” would almost be unbelievably embarrassing if not for the melodic chorus, but even that can’t save the song entirely. The production is stiff but lively (though opener “Guilty” comes awfully close to sounding like full-on radio-pop candy). In the long run, the band needs not only a real producer, but also a real lyricist. Fun drinking game: take a shot any time Paluska calls out “girl!”. Even better: each time he calls it out, deduct a collective IQ point from the band.

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Evan Sawdey started contributing to PopMatters in late 2005, and has also had his work featured in publications such as SLUG Magazine, The Metro (U.K.), Soundvenue Magazine (Denmark), the Daily Dot, and multiple national newspapers. Evan has been a guest on RevotTV's "Revolt Live!" as well as WNYC's Soundcheck (an NPR affiliate), was the Executive Producer for the Good With Words: A Tribute to Benjamin Durdle album (available for free at GoodWithWordsAlbum.com), and wrote the liner notes for the 2011 re-release of Andre Cymone's hit 1985 album A.C. (Big Break Records), the 2012 re-release of 'Til Tuesday's 1985 debut Voices Carry (Hot Shot Records), and many others. He currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. You can follow him @SawdEye should you be so inclined.


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